HTML for ABC Acronym

when ABC means American Broadcasting Company

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 ABC stands for American Broadcasting Company 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-Broadcasting-Company/" title="American Broadcasting Company"
onclick="if (confirm('ABC stands for American Broadcasting Company')) return false;"
>
<abbr>ABC</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 Broadcasting Company, the meaning of the acronym ABC, 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-Broadcasting-Company/" title="American Broadcasting Company"
onclick="if (confirm('ABC stands for American Broadcasting Company')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="American Broadcasting Company">ABC</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of American Broadcasting Company)....</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 ABC acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A ABC is ...(definition of "American Broadcasting Company")....

If you are creating HTML code that simply expands the acronym then indicate that it is the ABC 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-Broadcasting-Company/" title="American Broadcasting Company"
onclick="if (confirm('ABC stands for American Broadcasting Company')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="ABC"><abbr title="American Broadcasting Company">ABC</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for American Broadcasting Company.</p>

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

When we use the acronym ABC it is the abbreviation for American Broadcasting Company.

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-Broadcasting-Company/" title="American Broadcasting Company"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Broadcasting-Company/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="American Broadcasting Company"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;American-Broadcasting-Company"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="ABC - American Broadcasting Company"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>ABC</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-Broadcasting-Company/" title="American Broadcasting Company">
<abbr xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="acronym">ABC</abbr>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="verbal" xlink:title="pronunciation">a b c</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="expand" xlink:title="expansion">American Broadcasting Company</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;American-Broadcasting-Company" xlink:title="American Broadcasting Company"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/a/American-Broadcasting-Company/" xlink:title="American Broadcasting Company"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/a/ABC#American-Broadcasting-Company" xlink:title="ABC - American Broadcasting Company"/>
<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-Broadcasting-Company/" title="American Broadcasting Company">
<abbr>ABC</abbr>
</a>

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