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The template {{Abbr}} is used to write an abbreviation with its meaning. It is a wrapper for the HTML element <abbr>...</abbr>, the element used by most web browsers to create a tooltip indicating the meaning of an abbreviation or acronym.

Template:Strong See the code of Template:Glossary link internal for an example of how to implement similar functionality without abusing markup.


The template {{abbr}} takes two unnamed parameters, in order:

  1. abbreviation, the abbreviation; shows as text.
  2. meaning, the meaning; shows as the tooltip.

A third unnamed parameter accepts the following values:

  1. IPA or i: Applies {{IPA}} to fix the International Phonetic Alphabet rendering on Windows XP.

Named parameters:

Adds a CSS class.
Adds a HTML id; this must be unique on the entire page.
Adds a style attribute.


Markup Renders as
{{abbr|MSLP|Mean Sea Level Pressure}}

When hovering over the text "MSLP", something like Template:Titlehint will appear as a tooltip in most browsers. Popular screen readers, used by visually impaired readers, give the meaning in a different way.

Markup Renders as
{{abbr|UK|United Kingdom|class=country-name|id=foobar}}

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.


The following template names will redirect to {{abbr}}:

See also

  • {{abbrlink}}, a variant of this template that includes wikilinking.
  • {{H:title}}, used for generating tooltips in general.
  • {{R-phrase}}, which generates the abbreviation (the code number) for a R-phrase (a "risk phrase", e.g. "Explosive when dry"). The R-phrase itself and a link to List of R-phrases are included in a tooltip.
  • {{clarify}}, which produces the inline superscript:  Template:Fake clarify.