HTML for BMW Acronym

when BMW means Bavarian Motor Works

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 BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works 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/b/Bavarian-Motor-Works/" title="Bavarian Motor Works"
onclick="if (confirm('BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works')) return false;"
>
<abbr>BMW</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 Bavarian Motor Works, the meaning of the acronym BMW, 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/b/Bavarian-Motor-Works/" title="Bavarian Motor Works"
onclick="if (confirm('BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Bavarian Motor Works">BMW</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Bavarian Motor Works)....</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 BMW acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A BMW is ...(definition of "Bavarian Motor Works")....

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

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

When we use the acronym BMW it is the abbreviation for Bavarian Motor Works.

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

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