HTML for BBS Acronym

when BBS means Bulletin Board System

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

A BBS is ...(definition of "Bulletin Board System")....

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

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

When we use the acronym BBS it is the abbreviation for Bulletin Board System.

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

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