HTML for MSU Acronym

when MSU means Mississippi State University

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

A MSU is ...(definition of "Mississippi State University")....

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

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

When we use the acronym MSU it is the abbreviation for Mississippi State University.

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

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