|somevalue||Specifies the value of the attribute (as a string)|
<div data-submitted="yes" class="user_profile"> … some content … </div>
Data attribute structure is
data-*, i.e. the name of the data attribute comes after the
data- part. Using this name, the attribute can be accessed.
Data in string format (including
json) can be stored using
Data attributes were introduced in HTML5 which is supported by all modern browsers, but older browsers before HTML5 don't recognize the data attributes.
However, in HTML specifications, attributes that are not recognized by the browser must be left alone and the browser will simply ignore them when rendering the page.
Web developers have utilized this fact to create non-standard attributes which are any attributes not part of the HTML specifications. For example, the
value attribute in the line bellow is considered a non-standard attribute because the specifications for the
<img> tag don't have a
value attribute and it is not a global attribute:
<img src="sample.jpg" value="test" />
getAttribute methods, but you cannot use the new
dataset property which is only supported in modern browsers.