HTML for SMS Acronym

when SMS means Short Message Service

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 SMS stands for Short Message Service 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/s/Short-Message-Service/" title="Short Message Service"
onclick="if (confirm('SMS stands for Short Message Service')) return false;"
>
<abbr>SMS</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 Short Message Service, the meaning of the acronym SMS, 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/s/Short-Message-Service/" title="Short Message Service"
onclick="if (confirm('SMS stands for Short Message Service')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Short Message Service">SMS</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Short Message Service)....</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 SMS acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A SMS is ...(definition of "Short Message Service")....

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

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

When we use the acronym SMS it is the abbreviation for Short Message Service.

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

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