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Acronym Finder

This tool is used to find all acronyms and their expanded names within an HTML document, either located at a specified web address or uploaded from the user's files.

The tool finds acronyms based on two assumptions:

  1. An acronym is formed from the initial words of a series of words, excluding conjunctions, prepositions, and articles such as and, to or a. If a conjuction, preposition or article appears in the acronym, it will be represented as lower case.
  2. The text the acronym stands for appears in the original text and will be followed by the acronym's first appearance.
Please click the ? buttons at the bottom right of each set of options for more information on that set.

For further information on this tool, please see the TADA Wiki's Acronym Finder entry here. A glossary of terms is also available here.


To extract all acronyms from and display the results in HTML format:

  1. Source text
    1. Enter ‘’ into the ‘URL’ field.
  2. Results
    1. Select ‘HTML’ from the ‘Display as’ drop-down menu.
  3. Click the ‘Submit’ button to process the text.
» Source text


This section determines the source of the document you wish the tool to process. HTML can be obtained either from a web address or by uploading a file.


Source URL
To use content from a web page, enter a full web address (URL) in the field provided. Copy and paste from your browser’s address bar for best results.

Local file
To upload an HTML (.html) file from your computer, choose ‘Local file,’ click ‘Browse,’ and select the file you wish to use from your directory.
» Results

This section allows the user to choose how the tool's final results will be displayed.


Display as
Use this drop-down list to choose between HTML and HTML tags in HTML formats. Note: HTML is the only option available for the Acronym Finder tool.

Open results in new window
Check this box to display the results in a new window or browser tab. This option is selected by default. Some pop-up blockers may prevent a new window from being opened; if so, un-check the box to open the results in the same window instead.
`*' indicates a required field



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