HTML for MLB Acronym

when MLB means Major League Baseball

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 MLB stands for Major League Baseball 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/m/Major-League-Baseball/" title="Major League Baseball"
onclick="if (confirm('MLB stands for Major League Baseball')) return false;"
>
<abbr>MLB</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 Major League Baseball, the meaning of the acronym MLB, 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/m/Major-League-Baseball/" title="Major League Baseball"
onclick="if (confirm('MLB stands for Major League Baseball')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Major League Baseball">MLB</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Major League Baseball)....</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 MLB acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A MLB is ...(definition of "Major League Baseball")....

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

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

When we use the acronym MLB it is the abbreviation for Major League Baseball.

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

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