# Tags: “Handheld”, “HT”, or both?

HT is definitely the more common jardon, but "handheld" is less jargon-y for those new to radio. Should we prefer one over the other (and/or tag synonym one to the other), or should we allow using both side by side if desired?

Yes the tags can be synonyms.

I suggest we use Handheld as the master.

• That still leaves the question of what that one tag should be. ht? handheld? Tags typically don't contain ampersands. – Amber Oct 22 '13 at 20:36
• You can use either and they system will make them identical. – dcaswell Oct 22 '13 at 20:36
• ...yes, but you have to tell the system to do that, and it requires a 'master' tag which all other synonyms will be turned into. So there's still the question of which should be the master. – Amber Oct 22 '13 at 20:37
• Thanks for helping me clarify -- I updated the answer. – dcaswell Oct 22 '13 at 20:40
• handheld If possible, add handy (and handie) as a synonym. (Will the system translate synonyms to the master if asked?) – Andrew Beals Oct 22 '13 at 20:49
• Synonyms are automatically translated into the master tag, yes. (I can't actually suggest the synonym yet because it requires 1250 rep. A moderator could go ahead and add it, though.) – Amber Oct 22 '13 at 20:52

I have merged these tags as suggested. is still a separate tag to refer to any handheld (or portable) equipment rather than a radio. is now a synonym of . I kept as the master for the following reasons:

• More popular in existing use - 6 uses of to 3 uses of (plus 2 with both)
• More descriptive name - even though is an abbreviation, it more accurately reflects what the tag is used for. "HT" is nearly universally understood, while "handheld" could refer to a cell phone or GPS receiver.

If we see any other alternative spellings used ([tag:handy, , ) then we'll make more synonyms. (Unless I'm missing something, I can't mod-create a synonym unless the proposed synonym is actually in use.)

• It won't let me edit, but you are missing a closing bracket on the first tag: handy – Dan Feb 15 '14 at 15:55