HTML for CFLs Acronym

when CFLs means Compact Fluorescent Lights

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

A CFLs is ...(definition of "Compact Fluorescent Lights")....

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

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

When we use the acronym CFLs it is the abbreviation for Compact Fluorescent Lights.

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

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