data (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

data="uri"

Description

The data attribute tells the browser where it can find the necessary data or file for the object. In the case of images, it’s roughly equivalent to src, but may point to any number of different file or data types (for example, video files, audio files, or Microsoft Office documents).

Example

The data attribute for this object refers to a .jpg file:

<object data="giant-dog.jpg"
    type="image/jpeg" height="225"></object>

Value

This attribute takes as its value the location of the data—the image, video, or audio file, and so on—relative to the referencing document, relative to the server root, or as a complete URI containing the http:// protocol, the server name, and the path to the document on that server.

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
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It causes no compatibility issues, and has excellent support across all tested browsers.

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