HTML for BMW Acronym

when BMW means Bayerische Motoren Werke

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 Bayerische Motoren Werke 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/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"
onclick="if (confirm('BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke')) 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 Bayerische Motoren Werke, 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/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"
onclick="if (confirm('BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Bayerische Motoren Werke">BMW</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Bayerische Motoren Werke)....</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 "Bayerische Motoren Werke")....

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/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"
onclick="if (confirm('BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="BMW"><abbr title="Bayerische Motoren Werke">BMW</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for Bayerische Motoren Werke.</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 Bayerische Motoren Werke.

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/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/b/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;Bayerische-Motoren-Werke"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="BMW - Bayerische Motoren Werke"
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/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" title="Bayerische Motoren Werke">
<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">Bayerische Motoren Werke</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;Bayerische-Motoren-Werke" xlink:title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/b/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" xlink:title="Bayerische Motoren Werke"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/b/BMW#Bayerische-Motoren-Werke" xlink:title="BMW - Bayerische Motoren Werke"/>
<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/Bayerische-Motoren-Werke/" title="Bayerische Motoren Werke">
<abbr>BMW</abbr>
</a>

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