HTML Abbreviation - how to use <abbr> tag

The abbr tag - abbreviation element - defines an abbreviation and optionally provides a description of the abbreviation. When the user places the mouse over the abbreviation, the description as defined in the title attribute appears in the browser. The <abbr> tag can provide useful information that can be used by the search engines. Here is a example of the how abbr tag can be used.


The <abbr> tag supports the global and event attributes. The most important attribute is the title attribute that can be used to define the description for the abbreviation.


The abbreviation tag can be used in the following way.

<abbr title="Hyper Text Markup Language" >HTML</abbr> is the building block for websites.