HTML for BBC Acronym

when BBC means British Broadcasting Corporation

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

A BBC is ...(definition of "British Broadcasting Corporation")....

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

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

When we use the acronym BBC it is the abbreviation for British Broadcasting Corporation.

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

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