HTML for ANSI Acronym

when ANSI means American National Standards Institute

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

A ANSI is ...(definition of "American National Standards Institute")....

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

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

When we use the acronym ANSI it is the abbreviation for American National Standards Institute.

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

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