HTML for REST Acronym

when REST means Representational State Transfer

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

A REST is ...(definition of "Representational State Transfer")....

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

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

When we use the acronym REST it is the abbreviation for Representational State Transfer.

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

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