Abbreviation or Acronym


An abbreviation or acronym used in the text of a document, possibly including an expansion of the acronym.


This element was added explicitly to meet “Checkpoint 4.3[3.5] Annotate complex, abbreviated, or unfamiliar information with summaries and definitions” from the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Conversion Note: Abbreviations, although common in STM books, are rarely tagged in the STM journal world and will not be present in many journal DTDs. Thus, converted material cannot rely on acronyms and abbreviations being recognized unless special processing is added to recognize them. This element is expected to be quite rarely used.

The linking attributes are the standard XLink attributes, which may be used to provide a live link to an expansion, definition, or additional explanation.


xlink:actuate Actuating the Link
xlink:href Href (Linking Mechanism)
xlink:role Role of the Link
xlink:show Showing the Link
xlink:title Title of the Link
xlink:type Type of Link
xmlns:xlink XLink Namespace Declaration

Model Description

Any combination of:

Tagged Example

No sample is available at this time because this element is rare in STM journal
publishing; it is more commonly used in STM books.