<data>: The Data element

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

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Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Implicit ARIA role No corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLDataElement


This element's attributes include 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 a product number.

<p>New Products</p>
  <li><data value="398">Mini Ketchup</data></li>
  <li><data value="399">Jumbo Ketchup</data></li>
  <li><data value="400">Mega Jumbo Ketchup</data></li>



HTML Standard
# the-data-element

Browser compatibility

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