Content attributes and DOM properties
A content attribute is an attribute that is specified in the HTML source, for example,
<element attribute1="value" attribute2="value">. Many content attributes are predefined as part of HTML; HTML also supports additional user-defined content attributes.
<div id="myElement" class="b" myAttr="custom"></div>
var div = document.getElementById("myElement"); var divId = div.id; // Gets the value of the id content attribute var divClass = div.className; // Gets the value of the class content attribute
In Windows Internet Explorer 8 and before (including IE8 Standards mode and previous modes in Internet Explorer 9), the presence of the myAttr content attribute would imply the presence of a myAttr DOM expando:
var divExpando = div.myAttr; // divExpando would get the value "custom" in IE8
The breaking change in Internet Explorer 9 is that DOM expandos will no longer be implied by the presence of user-defined content attributes:
var divExpando = div.myAttr; // divExpando would get an undefined value
Retrieving a user-defined value from a DOM expando works as intended in IE8 mode but an undefined variable is returned in IE9 Standards mode.
To fix this issue, use the 'getAttribute' API to retrieve the value of user-defined content attributes. This workaround is recommended for all versions of IE and does not require special-casing for new versions compared to older versions of IE.
Instead of using this code:
var divExpando = div.myAttr;
Use this code:
var divExpando = div.getAttribute("myAttr");
Build date: 11/17/2013