HTML for ST:TOS Acronym

when ST:TOS means Star Trek: The Original Series

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 ST:TOS stands for Star Trek: The Original Series 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/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" title="Star Trek: The Original Series"
onclick="if (confirm('ST:TOS stands for Star Trek: The Original Series')) return false;"
>
<abbr>ST:TOS</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 Star Trek: The Original Series, the meaning of the acronym ST:TOS, 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/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" title="Star Trek: The Original Series"
onclick="if (confirm('ST:TOS stands for Star Trek: The Original Series')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="Star Trek: The Original Series">ST:TOS</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of Star Trek: The Original Series)....</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 ST:TOS acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A ST:TOS is ...(definition of "Star Trek: The Original Series")....

If you are creating HTML code that simply expands the acronym then indicate that it is the ST:TOS 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/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" title="Star Trek: The Original Series"
onclick="if (confirm('ST:TOS stands for Star Trek: The Original Series')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="ST:TOS"><abbr title="Star Trek: The Original Series">ST:TOS</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for Star Trek: The Original Series.</p>

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

When we use the acronym ST:TOS it is the abbreviation for Star Trek: The Original Series.

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/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" title="Star Trek: The Original Series"
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/s/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/"
xlink:arcrole="&av;definedAt"
xlink:role="&av;definition"
xlink:title="Star Trek: The Original Series"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>
<abbr
xlink:type="simple"
xlink:href="&at;Star-Trek-The-Original-Series"
xlink:arcrole="&av;standsFor"
xlink:role="&av;term"
xlink:title="ST:TOS - Star Trek: The Original Series"
xlink:show="new"
xlink:actuate="onRequest"
>ST:TOS</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/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" title="Star Trek: The Original Series">
<abbr xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="acronym">ST:TOS</abbr>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="verbal" xlink:title="pronunciation">s t : t o s</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="resource" xlink:label="expand" xlink:title="expansion">Star Trek: The Original Series</span>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="term" xlink:role="&av;term" xlink:href="&at;Star-Trek-The-Original-Series" xlink:title="Star Trek: The Original Series"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="definition" xlink:role="&av;definition" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/terms/s/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" xlink:title="Star Trek: The Original Series"/>
<span class="hide" xlink:type="locator" xlink:label="finder" xlink:role="&av;reference" xlink:href="http://www.Acronyms.net/reference/s/ST:TOS#Star-Trek-The-Original-Series" xlink:title="ST:TOS - Star Trek: The Original Series"/>
<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/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/" title="Star Trek: The Original Series">
<abbr>ST:TOS</abbr>
</a>

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