HTML Acronym Tag

HTML Acronym TagHTML Acronym Tag (<acronym>) is used to indicate the acronym e.g. “ASAP”, or “NASA”.

In other words we can say that whenever we want to give acronym in HTML we use the HTML Acronym Tag.

My marking the acronym using the HTML Acronym Tag we give useful information to internet browsers, translation systems, spell checking software, search engine spiders or bots and indexing utilities.

Note: HTML Acronym Tag is not supported in HTML 5 (Use HTML 5 abbr Tag) but supported in HTML 4.0.1


Syntax for HTML Acronym Tag

<acronym title=”Some Text”>
acronym</acronym>

Example of HTML Acronym Tag

HTML acronym Tag code Output
I want this to be done
<acronym title="As Soon As Possible">ASAP</acronym>. Thanks.
I want this to be done ASAP. Thanks.

Here in the above HTML acronym tag example above we can see that the phrase “As Soon As Possible” becomes acronymas “ASAP” in output section of the code.

Once we move our mouse pointer over the “ASAP” acronym we will be able to see the text in the title (in our case “As Soon As Possible”) as a tip in the browser.

HTML Acronym Tag supports the following HTML Global Attributes

Global Attribute Value Description
class classname Refers to a classname in the style sheet
Dir rtlltr Indicates the direction of text of the content in the element
id id Gives a unique id to the element
lang language_code Indicates the language for the content in the element
style style_definition Indicates the inline CSS Style for element
title text Indicates the extra information about the element

HTML Acronym Tag supports the following HTML Event Attributes

Event Attribute Description
onclick Defines the script to be run once mouse is clicked on the element
ondbclick Defines the script to be run once mouse is double clicked on the element
onmousedown Defines the script to be run once the mouse button is pressed down on an element
onmousemove Defines the script to be run once the mouse pointer is moving
onmouseout Defines the script to be run once the mouse pointer moves out form an element
onmouseover Defines the script to be run once the mouse pointer is moving over the element
onmouseup Defines the script to be run once the mouse button is released up on an element
onkeydown Defines the script to be run once a key is being pressed
onkeypress Defines the script to be run once a key is pressed
onkeyup Defines the script to be run once a pressed key is released

HTML Acronym Tag Supporting Browsers

S. No. Browser Supported(Yes/No)
1 Internet Explorer Yes (above IE 5.5)
2 Firefox Yes
3 Google Chrome Yes
4 Opera Yes
5 Safari Yes

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