Standard for abbreviated license: CC BY-SA or CC-BY-SA

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In the paragraph following the table the various licenses are written with CC unconnected by a dash: eg CC BY-SA. On "The CC licenses" page the licenses are written such that the CC is connected to the rest of the license with a dash: eg CC-BY-SA.

I'd always seen the abbreviations written with a dashes between CC and BY. Is there a de facto standard somewhere that we can use here?

Also, I noted that the licenses were listed in the table without the CC prefix. The CC can be inferred, except that PD doesn't have a CC prefix. But see Jane's comment below the table:

"PD is not a license - I think we should just nix PD from the chart as it may prove confusing, or define public domain and point this out. --Jane Park 20:06, 12 January 2011 (UTC)"

I think both problems are solved if we move PD out of the table and make it a separate paragraph.


ASnieckus (talk)15:24, 19 January 2011

Hi Alison,

Good question. Personally I've tended to write CC-BY-SA (but not from an informed convention as such.) Perhaps its better to remain consistent with the Creative Commons website which is "CC BY-SA" (I suppose grammatically speaking the latter is better.)

I've been thinking about Jane's comment -- about nixing the PD from the table. At this time my preference is to leave PD in the table (for pragmatic reasons.). The table is more about compatibility than licenses and PD is compatible with the other licenses. In the real world educators will come across PD materials and may want to re-license under one of the CC licenses.

My preference is to leave PD in the table, but that we add a qualifying note. That said -- a separate paragraph (taking PD out of the table will also work.)

At the end of the day -- I think this is an editorial preference --> make a call on what you think best. (I won't loose sleep if PD is not in the table ;-))

Mackiwg (talk)15:58, 19 January 2011

Yes, agree that we should follow CC convention and leave the CC unconnected. I'll make the necessary changes.

You are right. The table is more about compatibility. The note you added to explain that PD is not a license takes care of the issue for me.

I did now notice, however, that the rows and columns have different ordering. PD is first in one and last in the other. I recommend that PD be moved to be listed first in the columns. (This seems better than moving PD to be last in the rows because I think the juxtaposition of PD and BY is useful, and the table has a feel that it moves from more to less open.)


ASnieckus (talk)13:25, 20 January 2011