HTML for PETA Acronym

when PETA means Please Explain This Acronym

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 PETA stands for Please Explain This Acronym 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/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/" title="Please Explain This Acronym"
onclick="if (confirm('PETA stands for Please Explain This Acronym')) return false;"
>
<abbr>PETA</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 Please Explain This Acronym, the meaning of the acronym PETA, 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/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/" title="Please Explain This Acronym"
onclick="if (confirm('PETA stands for Please Explain This Acronym')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Please Explain This Acronym">PETA</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Please Explain This Acronym)....</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 PETA acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A PETA is ...(definition of "Please Explain This Acronym")....

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

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

When we use the acronym PETA it is the abbreviation for Please Explain This Acronym.

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/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/" title="Please Explain This Acronym"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="Please Explain This Acronym"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;Please-Explain-This-Acronym"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="PETA - Please Explain This Acronym"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>PETA</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/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/" title="Please Explain This Acronym">
<abbr xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="acronym">PETA</abbr>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="verbal" xlink:title="pronunciation">peta</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="expand" xlink:title="expansion">Please Explain This Acronym</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;Please-Explain-This-Acronym" xlink:title="Please Explain This Acronym"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/" xlink:title="Please Explain This Acronym"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/p/PETA#Please-Explain-This-Acronym" xlink:title="PETA - Please Explain This Acronym"/>
<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/p/Please-Explain-This-Acronym/" title="Please Explain This Acronym">
<abbr>PETA</abbr>
</a>

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