HTML <footer> data-* Attribute

The data-* attribute on a <footer> tag attaches additional data to the footer. To create a custom attribute, replace the * with a lowercase string, such as data-id, data-status, or data-location.



A custom data-year-published attribute on a <footer>.
The attribute value is not visible, but it is readable by JavaScript.

© Company, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

<footer data-year-published="2020">
  <p>&copy; Company, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.</p>

Using data-*

The data-* attribute allows you to add custom attributes to a <footer> element.

The * part is replaced with a lowercase string, such as data-id, data-cost, or data-location.

An <footer> element can have any number of data-* attributes, each with their own name.

These attributes usually store additional data about the footer (e.g. id, options, variations, etc.).

Using data-* attributes reduces the need for Ajax requests to the server.

Note: The data-* attribute does not change the appearance of the footer tag in any way.


<footer data-*="value">

Note: The * can be any string, such as data-iddata-costdata-supplier,  etc.



Value Description
value A string value. Can be numeric, alphanumeric, JSON, etc.

More Examples

A custom data-published-year attribute is assigned to a <footer> element.
Clicking the button will display the year.

© Company, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

<footer id="myfooter" data-published-year="2020">
  <p>&copy; Company, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.</p>

<button onclick="show();">Show data</button>

  let show = () => {
    let element = document.getElementById("myfooter");
    alert("Year published = " + element.getAttribute('data-published-year'));

Code explanation

The <footer> tag is assigned the data-published-year attribute.

The data-published-year attribute specifies the page publication year.

Button clicks are handled by the onclick event.

Onclick invokes a JavaScript function that extracts and displays the page publication year.

Note: Notice how the year displays immediately without server call.

Browser support

Here is when data-* support started for each browser:

6.0 Sep 2010
4.0 Mar 2011
9.0 Mar 2011
11.1 Mar 2011
5.0 Jun 2010

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