HTML for PBS Acronym

when PBS means Public Broadcasting System

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

A PBS is ...(definition of "Public Broadcasting System")....

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

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

When we use the acronym PBS it is the abbreviation for Public Broadcasting System.

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

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