The HTML <data> Element links a given content with a machine-readable translation. If the content is time- or date-related, the <time> must be used.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts phrasing content.
DOM interface HTMLDataElement


This element includes the global attributes.

This attribute specifies the machine-readable translation of the content of the element.


The following example displays product names but also associates each name with its UPC code.

<p>New Products</p>
 <li><data value="3967381398">Mini Ketchup</data></li>
 <li><data value="3967381399">Jumbo Ketchup</data></li>
 <li><data value="3967381400">Mega Jumbo Ketchup</data></li>


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<data>' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML5
The definition of '<data>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Not supported 22.0 (22.0) bug 839371 Not supported Not supported Not supported
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

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