HTML <acronym> Tag Not Supported in HTML5

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The <acronym> element defines an acronym. It is used to indicate a sequence of characters that is made up of the first letters of the words of a phrase such as 'WWW', 'HTML', etc.

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

Warning: Do not use this tag since it is a non-standard tag and has been deprecated in HTML 4.01 and obsolete since HTML5. Use the <abbr> tag instead.


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

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

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

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

Tag-Specific Attributes

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

Browser Compatibility

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

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 4+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 6+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Text Formatting.

Related tag: <abbr>.

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