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HTML for AAA Acronym

when AAA means American Automobile Association

New! Now updated with the inheritance rules for the title attribute in HTML 5

The easiest way to create HTML code indicating that the acronym AAA stands for American Automobile Association is to simply include the acronym in an HTML <a> tag and an abbreviation tag (not an acronym tag):

<a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" title="American Automobile Association"
onclick="if (confirm('AAA stands for American Automobile Association')) return false;"
>
<abbr>AAA</abbr>
</a>

This is the recommended code for both HTML 4 browsers and HTML 5 browsers. Some browsers, most notably IE, do not activate help when the title attribute is coded on the <abbr> tag, but they do work as expected for titles on the <a> tag. The <abbr> tag inherits its title attribute from the parent <a> tag.

If you are creating HTML code for the definition of American Automobile Association, the meaning of the acronym AAA, then include a <dfn> definition tag around the <abbr> abbreviation tag and follow the entire HTML code for the hypertext link with the definition of the term:

<p>A <a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" title="American Automobile Association"
onclick="if (confirm('AAA stands for American Automobile Association')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="American Automobile Association">AAA</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of American Automobile Association)....</p>

The <dfn> tag gets the term being defined from the title attribute of the <abbr> tag. The result should look like this (hovering your mouse over the AAA acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A AAA is ...(definition of "American Automobile Association")....

If you are creating HTML code that simply expands the acronym then indicate that it is the AAA acronymn which is being defined using an HTML <dfn> tag with a title attribute around the <abbr> tag and follow the HTML for the hypertext link with the acronym definition:

<p>When we use the acronym <a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" title="American Automobile Association"
onclick="if (confirm('AAA stands for American Automobile Association')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="AAA"><abbr title="American Automobile Association">AAA</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for American Automobile Association.</p>

The result should look like this (hovering your mouse over the AAA acronym shows the definition):

When we use the acronym AAA it is the abbreviation for American Automobile Association.

Acronym Vocabulary URI Declaration

For the remaining examples, the Acronym Vocabulary namespace URI needs to be declared for use with element tag names and attribute values. For an HTML web page, the beginning of the file should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html [
<!ENTITY at "http://Acronyms.net/terms/">
<!ENTITY av "http://Acronyms.net/vocabulary/">
]>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:av="&av;">
<head>
<style type="text/css">
.hide { display: none }
</style>
...

This only needs to be done once per document file.

XLink simple link

First, declare the vocabulary as shown above. Then, add acronyms as follows:

<a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" title="American Automobile Association"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="American Automobile Association"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;American-Automobile-Association"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="AAA - American Automobile Association"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>AAA</abbr></dfn>
</a>

XLink extended link

First, declare the vocabulary as shown above. Then, add acronyms as follows:

<a xlink:type="extended" href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" title="American Automobile Association">
<abbr xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="acronym">AAA</abbr>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="verbal" xlink:title="pronunciation">triple a</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="expand" xlink:title="expansion">American Automobile Association</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;American-Automobile-Association" xlink:title="American Automobile Association"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" xlink:title="American Automobile Association"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/a/AAA#American-Automobile-Association" xlink:title="AAA - American Automobile Association"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;pronounceAs" xlink:to="verbal" xlink:actuate="onLoad"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;expandsTo" xlink:to="expand"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor" xlink:to="term"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="term" xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt" xlink:to="definition" xlink:show="new" xlink:actuate="onRequest"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="arc" xlink:from="acronym" xlink:arcrole="&av;foundAt" xlink:to="finder" xlink:show="new" xlink:actuate="onRequest"/>
</a>

embedded RDF metadata

First, declare the vocabulary as shown above. Then, add acronyms as follows:

<a href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Automobile-Association/" title="American Automobile Association">
<abbr>AAA</abbr>
</a>

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American Automobile Association

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