12 Best Basic HTML Snippets to Use Instead of Complex Librariesโ€‚by@madzadev

12 Best Basic HTML Snippets to Use Instead of Complex Libraries

Not knowing the basic tech can sometimes increase the size, affect the performance and add an extra layer of complexity to the project. This article is a heads up that you can do a lot with just vanilla [HTML] and a bit of [CSS] If you want it to look pretty, you can use [codepen.io/collection/mrbBrR?grid_type=grid] to get a live taste. I have collected some of the most useful HTML tags and attributes so you can study them and use them in your next project.
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Not knowing the basic tech can sometimes increase the size, affect the performance and add an extra layer of complexity to the project.


This article is a heads up that you can do a lot with just vanilla HTML and a bit of CSS if you want it to look pretty.


I have collected some of the most useful HTML tags and attributes, so you can study them and use them in your next project.


I also created 12 separate Codepens, so you can get a live taste and play around with the examples.

๐ŸŽจ Color Picker

Often in the developer workflow, you might want to access the color spectrum and be able to pick up any shade from it.

You can use <input type="color">, which would otherwise be a time-consuming task to write from scratch.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/vYJBqeX

๐Ÿ“š Blockquote

When writing articles you might want to highlight some of your favorites quotes.

You can use a <blockquote> tag for that. Add some custom styling and you have a nice element that will stand out from the rest of the text.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/JjyPQBd

๐ŸŽต Audio Player

Writing your own audio player from scratch can be a challenge. You can use the built-in <audio> tag, which provides the basic functionality to play your audio files.

Also, you can listen to more of my music here.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/oNevrEb

๐Ÿ“บ Video Player

Another multimedia you could use in your projects is video. Again, you can not just include the video link in HTML and hope that it will play.

To playback videos properly you can use built-in <video> tag.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/BadBgxJ

๐Ÿ”ท Accordion

Sometimes you might want to hide some content and allow users to reveal it manually (to save the space of the viewport, for example).

You can achieve the described functionality with pure HTML, thanks to <details> tag.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/zYdOVPV

๐Ÿ“… Date Picker

Working with dates is among the most common reasons why devs search for external libraries.

HTML provides a <input type="date"> tag, which provides a nice UI with the option to select the dates by clicking on them.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/qBXWzXE

โšช Slider

Slider is a common component to collect the user input in the specific numeric range.

You can use <input type="range"> to get a fully functional slider, where you can set the min, max, and current value.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/GRvKbXv

โœ Content Editor

In order to edit content, you don't have to use input or textarea fields and set the default values for them.

Instead, you can use contenteditable attribute, that allows editing the content of the div, for example.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/ExvYBwB

๐Ÿ“ท Picture Tag

You might want to display different images on different screen sizes to improve the performance and UI/UX.

Instead of using the default <img> tag, detect the viewport, and creating a method to switch between the images, you can use built-in <picture> tag.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/abybomY

โŒ› Progress Bar

The <progress> tag represents the completion progress of a task.

You can use it to display various actions, such as a download, file transfer, or installation.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/oNevKdp

๐Ÿ”ป Dropdown

Often you might need to collect the user input with multiple possible choices. Instead of listing all the options on the screen, you might include them in the dropdown.

Using the <datalist> tag will allow users to select options from dropdown, while also allowing to enter their own values.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/eYEOwdQ

๐Ÿ’ญ Tooltip

If you need to give a detailed description of something, it is always nice to include a popup.

HTML built-in title attribute provides that by default.


https://codepen.io/madarsbiss/pen/VwzwZvE




In this article, we reviewed functional HTML elements that you can use while working with text, audio, images, video, etc.


Next time you need some functionality, make sure to double-check if it is not already provided by the HTML itself.





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Also published on: https://dev.to/madza/12-simple-html-snippets-to-avoid-complex-libraries-3na8

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