How to Use HTML5 Data Attributes with JavaScript

Published in: HTML5 - JavaScript

HTML5 supports data attributes that you can use to store extra information with any DOM elements. The name of these data attributes are prefixed with data-* (lowercase) and these can be easily parsed with the HTML5 dataset API.

For instance, if you an element has data attributes as data-name="apple" and data-color="red", you can access them from JavaScript as and elem.dataset.color respectively. There’s no need to attach custom class names to attach properties to an HTML element.

The data-* attributes are supported in IE 10+ and all other browsers. Here’s a complete snippet.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>HTML5 data-* atributes</title>

    <div id="person"

      var element = document.getElementById("person");
      var dataset = element.dataset;


      element.innerHTML = + " lives in " +;

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