If your web pages are littered with acronyms and abbreviations (e.g. HTML, W3C, CSS), you will be pleased to know that HTML 4 (and above) provides a way to expand those abbreviations without clogging up your pages with additional text.

What is the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym?

Abbreviations are any shortened form of written words that represent the complete form, such as UK for United Kingdom, MCU for Making Connections Unit, or etc for etcetera.

Acronyms are abbreviations that are used as a word in their own right when read aloud, such as RADAR, or NASA.

Here is an example of how to use the <abbr> element in your web page:

<p>Use standard <abbr title="HyperText Markup Language">HTML</abbr>
to markup and <abbr title="Cascading Style Sheets">CSS</abbr>
for presentation.</p>


Working with non-profits, charities, voluntary and public sector organisations and social enterprises for over 20 years. Jim set up one of the worlds first website accessibility web agencies in the mid 1990s.