The is global attribute allows you to specify that a standard HTML element should behave like a defined custom built-in element (see Using custom elements for more details).

This attribute can only be used if the specified custom element name has been successfully defined in the current document, and extends the element type it is being applied to.

Examples

The following code is taken from our word-count-web-component example (see it live also).

// Create a class for the element
class WordCount extends HTMLParagraphElement {
  constructor() {
    // Always call super first in constructor
    super();

    // Constructor contents ommitted for brevity
    ...

  }
}

// Define the new element
customElements.define('word-count', WordCount, { extends: 'p' });
<p is="word-count"></p>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'is' in that specification.
Living Standard  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 67Edge No support NoFirefox Full support 63
Full support 63
Full support 59
Disabled
Disabled From version 59: this feature is behind the dom.webcomponents.customelements.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No support ? — 59
Disabled
Disabled Until version 59 (exclusive): this feature is behind the dom.webcomponents.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the dom.webcomponents.customelements.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 55Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 67Chrome Android Full support 67Edge Mobile No support NoFirefox Android Full support 63
Full support 63
Full support 59
Disabled
Disabled From version 59: this feature is behind the dom.webcomponents.customelements.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No support ? — 59
Disabled
Disabled Until version 59 (exclusive): this feature is behind the dom.webcomponents.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the dom.webcomponents.customelements.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support 55Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also

 

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