Not knowing the basic tech can sometimes increase the size, affect the performance and add an extra layer of complexity to the project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
<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.
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.
<datalist> tag will allow users to select options from dropdown, while also allowing to enter their own values.
If you need to give a detailed description of something, it is always nice to include a popup.
title attribute provides that by default.
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