HTML for MIME Acronym

when MIME means Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions

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 MIME stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions 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/Multipurpose-Internet-Mail-Extensions/" title="Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions"
onclick="if (confirm('MIME stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions')) return false;"
>
<abbr>MIME</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 Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, the meaning of the acronym MIME, 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/Multipurpose-Internet-Mail-Extensions/" title="Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions"
onclick="if (confirm('MIME stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions">MIME</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)....</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 MIME acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A MIME is ...(definition of "Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions")....

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

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

When we use the acronym MIME it is the abbreviation for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions.

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

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