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HTML5 custom data attributes jQuery plugin

This plugin simplifies the use of HTML5 custom data attributes in your jQuery code. It adds a function named .dataAttr() to the jQuery namespace, which acts as a wrapper for jQuery.attr().

Example Usage


<p id="foo" data-time="9 AM">…</p>


// You can perfectly use this:
$('#foo').attr('data-time'); // '9 AM'
// But I prefer to do it this way, especially when dealing with a lot of data-*
$('#foo').dataAttr('time');  // '9 AM'
// Just like $.attr(), $.dataAttr() can be used as a setter
$('#foo').dataAttr('time', '3 PM');
// Computed data-* attribute values are possible as well
$('p').dataAttr('id', function() {
}); // p data-id="foo"


That’s up to you. This plugin isn’t rocket science.

However, it does allow you to write even more readable code. Personally, I like to keep custom data attributes separated from other attributes in my code — hence this plugin.

Since .dataAttr('foo') minifies to .x('foo'), while .attr('data-foo') minifies to .y('data-foo'), using this plugin can save you some bytes after minification, especially when dealing with a lot of data attributes in your code.

Note: As of jQuery 1.4.3, .data() maps to custom data-* attributes by default, rendering this plugin redundant. It can still be used for older versions of jQuery though.


Mathias Bynens


This plugin is dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses, just like jQuery itself.