7 Cool HTML Elements Nobody Uses

Searching for cool HTML elements, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for, is often like being thrown into a pile of garbage

Don’t worry, I did the dirty work for you!

After scavenging through the seemingly endless pile of HTML elements, I dug up a few of the rarely used gems!

1. meter & progress

The progress element is the semantically correct way of displaying progress bars.

The meter element is progress on steroids. Apart from displaying a scalar measurement within a known range, it allows you to specify the value's low, high & optimum range.

<meter
min="0"
max="100"
low="25"
high="75"
optimum="80"
value="50"
></meter>

2. sup & sub

You can add superscripts (like ) with sup and subscripts (like x₀) using sub to your document.

3. datalist

datalist allows you to add an autocomplete suggestions to your input elements.

NOTE

  1. The suggestions are NOT LIMITED to text inputs, but can be used with color, date, time, and even range inputs.
  2. The default styling of the suggestions is unpleasant to look at, to say the least. But, you can always style it using CSS.

4. map & area

map and area allow you to create image maps, which is a fancy term for images with clickable areas.

<img
src="workplace.jpg"
alt="Workplace"
usemap="#workmap"
width="400"
height="379"
/>
<map name="workmap">
<area
shape="rect"
coords="34,44,270,350"
alt="Computer"
href="computer.html"
/>
<area
shape="rect"
coords="290,172,333,250"
alt="Phone"
href="phone.html"
/>
<area
shape="circle"
coords="337,300,44"
alt="Cup of coffee"
href="coffee.html"
/>
</map>

4. details & summary

details and summary are used to create collapsible content without using any JavaScript. It's the semantic method of creating dropdowns.

6. object

Pulling your hair out to embed files on your website? Look no further!

object allows you to embed a wide range of files like PDFs, images, videos, audio and even Youtube videos.

7. abbr

The abbr element allows you to add abbreviations to your document. When the user hovers over the abbreviation, the full form is displayed. Moreover, screen readers can also be configured to read out the full form when an abbreviation is encountered.

That’s all folks! 🎉

Reference

  1. W3Schools
  2. MDN

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