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{{abbr}} is used to define an abbreviation or acronym by creating a tooltip that is displayed on mouse-over. The template uses the HTML <abbr> element and is supported by most browsers.


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

  • short form: shows as text
  • long form: shows as the tooltip

Named parameters:

  • IPA or i: Applies {{IPA}} to fix strings in the International Phonetic Alphabet rendered in Internet Explorer on Windows XP.
  • unicode or u: applies {{unicode}} to fix strings in Unicode rendered in Internet Explorer on Windows XP.
  • class: adds an HTML class
  • id: adds an HTML id


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

When hovering over the text "MSLP" 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.

Markup Renders as
{{abbr|pȅći • пе̏ћи|to say}}
pȅći • пе̏ћи
{{abbr|pȅći • пе̏ћи|to say|unicode}}
pȅći • пе̏ћи
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 element generated by this template; see section H28: Providing definitions for abbreviations by using the abbr and acronym elements.


The following template names redirect to this one:

  • {{Define}}
  • {{Explain}}

See also

  • {{Abbrlink}}- applies a wikilink to the content
  • {{R-phrase}}- generates the abbreviation for an EU R-phrase with a tooltip of the full text and a link to the description in List of R-phrases.
  • {{Clarify}}