I'm trying to migrate my current blogging platform (Pelican) where I wrote the posts using Markdown to a one based in org-mode (still considering how).

One of the problems that I found is that I have used the <abbr> HTML tag in several of my articles --thanks to the Markdown Extra markup *[abbr]: definition that I could use with Pelican-- but I can not find a way in org-mode to export that tag.

Is there any way to generate this tag from org-mode?

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I guess the simplest way is to define a macro in your orgmode file with:

#+MACRO: abbr @@html:<abbr title="$1">$2</abbr>@@

You can then add an abbr in your text with:

{{{abbr(Definition, abbreviation)}}}


This is probably the better solution: Add a special tag for abbr:

(defun org-export-abbr (backend)
  "Replace {abbreviation|description} to <abbr> html text in
current buffer"
  (when (equal backend 'html)
      (replace-regexp "{\\(.*?\\)|\\(.*?\\)}"
                      "@@html:<abbr title=\"\\2\">\\1</abbr>@@"))))

(add-hook 'org-export-before-parsing-hook 'org-export-abbr)

This will replace occurence of {abbreviation|description} into an abbr tag on HTML export.

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    #+HTML does not work in-line. For inlining the format should be @@html:<abbr>@@ according to orgmode.org/manual/Quoting-HTML-tags.html#Quoting-HTML-tags
    – Juancho
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 22:17
  • It is not as nicest as the Markdown Extra solution but it works (if we do what @Juancho mentioned) and I suppose that I could make a snippet to make it easier to use. Thanks! Commented May 22, 2015 at 22:49
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    See my second solution. Probably a lot more convenient. @Juancho Thx for the correction. Commented May 22, 2015 at 22:56
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    Well, I don't know if there is a way to avoid to replace that expression on the SRC, EXAMPLE, LaTeX, blocks, etcetera but I had to make a tweak in the regexp to avoid to replace a Jinja expression like this {% foo|bar -%} by an HTML abbr tag in a SRC block. I took the easy way to do the trick: "{[^%]\\(.*?\\)|\\(.*?\\)}" Commented May 29, 2015 at 19:10
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    Sorry, I made a mistake in the previous comment with the regexp, the right one is this "{\\([^%].*?\\)|\\(.*?\\)}" Commented May 31, 2015 at 13:46

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