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The <abbr> tag is useful to clarify abbreviations without hunting down external links for them.

Migrating this from: http://stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/1722-general/suggestions/118664-add-support-for-abbr-

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I'll use all 10 of my uservoice votes here...or is that not how this works anymore? – Scottie T Jul 13 '09 at 20:12
nope, we now have infinity votes, but only one per topc.. :) – Kip Jul 13 '09 at 20:20
Isn't most of geekdom <abbr>TLA</abbr> s? Where would it end... at the minimum, we'd need a keyboard shortcut too ;-p – Marc Gravell Nov 15 '09 at 21:38
Right now I try to provide wikipedia articles on the TLA. It can be useful when you have (the inevitable with only three letters) acronim clash. – perbert Nov 15 '09 at 22:55
Can <abbr Title="Have">haz</abbr> <abbr Title="Please">plz</abbr>? – Andrew Grimm Dec 10 '10 at 6:51
So...where's the <abbr> tag? – Jeromy French Feb 21 '13 at 1:36
Is there any progress on this? – gerrit Jan 29 '14 at 10:26

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<abbr Title="I Would Really Like To Have This">IWRLTHT</abbr>

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@John Smithers: you are right on the money ;) – perbert Nov 15 '09 at 21:37
and on reputation – pinouchon Oct 6 '11 at 11:11

Honestly, if the abbreviation needs clarification, the external link is more useful IMO.

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Don't you mean "TBH, if the abbr needs clarification, the EL is more useful IMO."? – Andrew Grimm Jan 7 '11 at 2:30
Sites like EL&U will be using acronyms that are useful for the experts but are not part of the general lingo. Dictionaries, references and so on are often abbreviated; an abbr tag will help us teach users the new terms without requiring people to link or expand the same term dozens of times. – MrHen Apr 27 '11 at 16:39
+1 External link + title would be good. – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 14 '12 at 13:30
Hyperlinks and abbreviation tags are not mutually exclusive! I agree with @Time Traveling Bobby. – James Haigh Mar 10 at 4:09

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