HTML for BFF Acronym

when BFF means Best Friend Forever

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 BFF stands for Best Friend Forever 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/Best-Friend-Forever/" title="Best Friend Forever"
onclick="if (confirm('BFF stands for Best Friend Forever')) return false;"
>
<abbr>BFF</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 Best Friend Forever, the meaning of the acronym BFF, 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/Best-Friend-Forever/" title="Best Friend Forever"
onclick="if (confirm('BFF stands for Best Friend Forever')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Best Friend Forever">BFF</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Best Friend Forever)....</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 BFF acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A BFF is ...(definition of "Best Friend Forever")....

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

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

When we use the acronym BFF it is the abbreviation for Best Friend Forever.

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

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