HTML for RTFM Acronym

when RTFM means Read The Freakin' Manual

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 RTFM stands for Read The Freakin' Manual 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/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" title="Read The Freakin' Manual"
onclick="if (confirm('RTFM stands for Read The Freakin' Manual')) return false;"
>
<abbr>RTFM</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 Read The Freakin' Manual, the meaning of the acronym RTFM, 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/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" title="Read The Freakin' Manual"
onclick="if (confirm('RTFM stands for Read The Freakin' Manual')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Read The Freakin' Manual">RTFM</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Read The Freakin' Manual)....</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 RTFM acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A RTFM is ...(definition of "Read The Freakin' Manual")....

If you are creating HTML code that simply expands the acronym then indicate that it is the RTFM 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/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" title="Read The Freakin' Manual"
onclick="if (confirm('RTFM stands for Read The Freakin' Manual')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="RTFM"><abbr title="Read The Freakin' Manual">RTFM</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for Read The Freakin' Manual.</p>

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

When we use the acronym RTFM it is the abbreviation for Read The Freakin' Manual.

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/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" title="Read The Freakin' Manual"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="Read The Freakin' Manual"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;Read-The-Freakin-Manual"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="RTFM - Read The Freakin' Manual"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>RTFM</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/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" title="Read The Freakin' Manual">
<abbr xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="acronym">RTFM</abbr>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="verbal" xlink:title="pronunciation">r t f m</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="expand" xlink:title="expansion">Read The Freakin' Manual</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;Read-The-Freakin-Manual" xlink:title="Read The Freakin' Manual"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" xlink:title="Read The Freakin' Manual"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/r/RTFM#Read-The-Freakin-Manual" xlink:title="RTFM - Read The Freakin' Manual"/>
<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/r/Read-The-Freakin-Manual/" title="Read The Freakin' Manual">
<abbr>RTFM</abbr>
</a>

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