HTML for USC Acronym

when USC means University of Southern California

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 USC stands for University of Southern California 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/u/University-of-Southern-California/" title="University of Southern California"
onclick="if (confirm('USC stands for University of Southern California')) return false;"
>
<abbr>USC</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 University of Southern California, the meaning of the acronym USC, 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/u/University-of-Southern-California/" title="University of Southern California"
onclick="if (confirm('USC stands for University of Southern California')) return false;"
>
<dfn><abbr title="University of Southern California">USC</abbr>
</a> is ...(definition of University of Southern California)....</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 USC acronym shows the expanded meaning of the acronym):

A USC is ...(definition of "University of Southern California")....

If you are creating HTML code that simply expands the acronym then indicate that it is the USC 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/u/University-of-Southern-California/" title="University of Southern California"
onclick="if (confirm('USC stands for University of Southern California')) return false;"
>
<dfn title="USC"><abbr title="University of Southern California">USC</abbr></dfn>
</a> it is the abbreviation for University of Southern California.</p>

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

When we use the acronym USC it is the abbreviation for University of Southern California.

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

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