Eli Grey

HTML 5 dataset support

Update: Getting (not setting) data-* attributes through Element.dataset now works in IE8 with the help of Xccessors.

I have made an implementation of HTML 5 dataset (data-* attributes) support that almost conforms to the HTML 5 spec* and works in Firefox 1.5+, Opera 9.5+, Safari, and Google Chrome. It uses getters and setters to simulate a psuedo-native HTML 5 dataset API. The code is licensed CC GNU LGPL and can be downloaded here. I have uploaded a demo (also in XHTML 5) that you can try out. The script includes these extra functions: Element.removeDataAttribute(name), Element.setDataAttribute(name, value), and Element.setDataAttributes() (all explained below).

*You cannot set new items the standard way like Element.dataset.name = value (already existing items can though). You either have to add new items by doing Element.setDataAttribute(name, value) for single additions and Element.setDataAttributes(object full of {name, value:String} pairs) to add multiple items at once. Instead of delete element.dataset[name], you must use element.dataset[name] = undefined or Element.removeDataAttribute(name) to remove data-name. Example of setting values:

var foo = document.createElement('div');
foo.setDataAttributes({'bar':'blah', 'lorem':'Lorem ipsum.'});
foo.dataset.bar == 'blah';
foo.dataset.bar = 'eligrey.com';
foo.dataset.bar == 'eligrey.com';
foo.setDataAttribute('foobar', foo.dataset.lorem);
foo.dataset.foobar == 'Lorem ipsum.'