HTML5 Custom Data Attribute
HTML5 has a “custom data attribute”. It lets you have any attribute/value
pairs in a tag. Such attribute's name starts with
Here's a example used by Twitter:
<a href="https://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-via="john">Tweet</a>
here's what the html standard say:
A custom data attribute is an attribute in no namespace whose name starts with the string "data-", has at least one character after the hyphen, is XML-compatible, and contains no ASCII upper alphas.
[2020-04-20 from https://html.spec.whatwg.org/multipage/dom.html#custom-data-attribute]
Why's This Useful?
Here is one example of using it to store accessed date of a site.
<a href=url data-accessed="2021-08-07">some thing</a>