HTML for BCE Acronym

when BCE means Before The Christian Era

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 BCE stands for Before The Christian Era 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/Before-The-Christian-Era/" title="Before The Christian Era"
onclick="if (confirm('BCE stands for Before The Christian Era')) return false;"
>
<abbr>BCE</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 Before The Christian Era, the meaning of the acronym BCE, 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/Before-The-Christian-Era/" title="Before The Christian Era"
onclick="if (confirm('BCE stands for Before The Christian Era')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Before The Christian Era">BCE</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Before The Christian Era)....</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 BCE acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A BCE is ...(definition of "Before The Christian Era")....

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

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

When we use the acronym BCE it is the abbreviation for Before The Christian Era.

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

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