HTML for CSS Acronym

when CSS means Cascading Style Sheets

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 CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets 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/c/Cascading-Style-Sheets/" title="Cascading Style Sheets"
onclick="if (confirm('CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets')) return false;"
>
<abbr>CSS</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 Cascading Style Sheets, the meaning of the acronym CSS, 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/c/Cascading-Style-Sheets/" title="Cascading Style Sheets"
onclick="if (confirm('CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Cascading Style Sheets">CSS</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Cascading Style Sheets)....</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 CSS acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A CSS is ...(definition of "Cascading Style Sheets")....

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

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

When we use the acronym CSS it is the abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets.

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

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