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
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    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
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    Can <abbr Title="Have">haz</abbr> <abbr Title="Please">plz</abbr>? – Andrew Grimm Dec 10 '10 at 6:51
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    So...where's the <abbr> tag? – Jeromy French Feb 21 '13 at 1:36
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    Is there any progress on this? – gerrit Jan 29 '14 at 10:26
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    Would really like to just say <abbr title="Liskov Substitution Principle">LSP</abbr> once in a post/answer, and then just use the short form LSP elsewhere in the body of the text. Either I'd get dinged by putting LSP in the answer and people would vote down ("What's LSP??"), or type the whole thing out and people would vote down (abbreviate to LSP)--it's a no-win situation. You want to cater to as many people as you can, but not everyone has the same amount of knowledge and/or experience. SE is about sharing knowledge, and this tag would help us to do that more effectively for all audiences. – fourpastmidnight Feb 20 '16 at 19:01

<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 – Benjamin Crouzier 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
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    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
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    +1 External link + title would be good. – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 14 '12 at 13:30
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    Hyperlinks and abbreviation tags are not mutually exclusive! I agree with @Time Traveling Bobby. – James Haigh Mar 10 '15 at 4:09

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