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This is a documentation subpage for Template:Abbr.
It contains usage information, categories and other content that is not part of the original template page.

This template is a front-end for the HTML element <abbr> used by most web browsers to create a tooltip giving the meaning of an abbreviation or an acronym.

Do not use <abbr> to mark up material other than abbreviations. Simply using it to generate tooltips is an abuse of the underlying HTML and an accessibility problem.


{{abbr}} takes two unnamed parameters, which both are required.



The abbreviation or acronym. This will show as text on the page.

  • {{abbr|1|2}}


Full meaning

The meaning of the short form. This will show as a tooltip on mouse-over.


This parameter has to be placed after the 1st parameter.

  • {{abbr|1|2}}


Case What you type What you see Notes
Basic function MSLP|Mean Sea Level Pressure}} MSLP
In inline text MDN|Mozilla Developer Network}} for more documentation. See MDN for more documentation.

When hovering over the text underlined with a dotted line, "MSLP" in the table above, then something like Mean Sea Level Pressure will appear as a tooltip in most browsers. Popular screen readers, used by visually impaired readers, display the long form in a different way.

Accessibility concerns

This template is intended for use with abbreviations; it is not intended to be a tool for generating tooltips. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines contain guidelines for using the <abbr> element generated by this template; see section H28: Providing definitions for abbreviations by using the abbr and acronym elements.

See also

  • {{bdi}}: inserts <bdi> tags to allow for inline changes in text direction.
  • {{bdo}}: inserts <bdo> tags, forcing inline changes in text direction.
  • {{code}}: inserts <code> tags.
  • {{mark}}: inserts <mark> tags, highlighting the enclosed text.
  • {{samp}}: inserts <samp> tags.
  • {{var}}: inserts <var> tags.
  • {{varserif}}: inserts <var> tags with serif font styling.