HTML for ASCII Acronym

when ASCII means American Standard Code For Information Interchange

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 ASCII stands for American Standard Code For Information Interchange 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-Standard-Code-For-Information-Interchange/" title="American Standard Code For Information Interchange"
onclick="if (confirm('ASCII stands for American Standard Code For Information Interchange')) return false;"
>
<abbr>ASCII</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 Standard Code For Information Interchange, the meaning of the acronym ASCII, 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-Standard-Code-For-Information-Interchange/" title="American Standard Code For Information Interchange"
onclick="if (confirm('ASCII stands for American Standard Code For Information Interchange')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="American Standard Code For Information Interchange">ASCII</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of American Standard Code For Information Interchange)....</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 ASCII acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A ASCII is ...(definition of "American Standard Code For Information Interchange")....

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

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

When we use the acronym ASCII it is the abbreviation for American Standard Code For Information Interchange.

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

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