HTML and XHTML
This technique relates to Success Criterion 3.1.4: Abbreviations (Sufficient as a way to meet G102: Providing the expansion or explanation of an abbreviation).
The objective of this technique is to provide expansions or definitions for
abbreviations by using the
It is always appropriate to use the
abbr element for any abbreviation,
including acronyms and initialisms. When using HTML 4 and XHTML,
initialisms and acronyms may be marked up using the
In HTML5 and newer versions of HTML the
acronym element was marked as obsolete in favor of the more general
Example 1: Using
abbr element to expand abbreviations.
<p>Sugar is commonly sold in 5 <abbr title="pound">lb.</abbr> bags.</p> <p>Welcome to the <abbr title="World Wide Web">WWW</abbr>!</p>
Example 2: Using
abbr element to define abbreviations.
<p>Tasini <abbr title="and others">et al.</abbr> <abbr title="versus">v.</abbr> The New York Times <abbr title="and others">et al.</abbr> is the landmark lawsuit brought by members of the National Writers Union against ......</p>
Example 3: Using the
abbr element to expand an acronym
<p>The use of <abbr title="Keep It Simple Stupid">KISS</abbr> became popular in ...</p>
Example 4: Using the
abbr element to expand an initialism
<p><abbr title="World Wide Web">WWW</abbr></p>
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- Check that an expansion or definition is provided for each abbreviation via
- Check #1 is true.