HTML for SQL Acronym

when SQL means Structured Query Language

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

A SQL is ...(definition of "Structured Query Language")....

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

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

When we use the acronym SQL it is the abbreviation for Structured Query Language.

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

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