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HTML <abbr> Tag

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The <abbr> tag defines an abbreviated form of a longer word or phrase.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Inline
Content: Inline and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 4, 4.01, 5


The basic syntax of the <abbr> tag is given with:

HTML / XHTML: <abbr title="string"> ... </abbr>

Note: The title attribute is used inside the <abbr> tag to provide an expanded form of the abbreviation, when the user mouse over it.

The example below shows the <abbr> tag in action.

<p>The <abbr title="Hyper Text Markup Language">HTML</abbr> is the publishing language of the World Wide Web.</p>

Tag-Specific Attributes

The <abbr> tag doesn't have any specific attribute.

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <abbr> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <abbr> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.

Browser Compatibility

The <abbr> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 6+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Text Formatting.

Related tag: <acronym>.

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