Eric B Eric B - 15 days ago 6x
Javascript Question

jQuery attr() method to create a data dash attribute

I'm trying to figure out why when adding a data-attribute to (Let's say an image) requires the attribute name to be put into quotes. I know that it needs to be done, but if a student asked me I wouldn't have the exact answer why. So take the two examples below.

1.) I'm looking for an explanation why the dash is a problem.

2.) Is there a way to escape it so you don't need to put it in quotes?

This Doesn't work:

alt: "a picture of my cat",
data-item : "pet",
data-color : "orange",

This Does work

alt: "a picture of my cat",
'data-item' : "pet",
'data-color' : "orange",

3.) The arguments that are passed to the attr() method is an object literal right?

4.) Is this just a rule in object literal syntax that a dash is not allowed?


1.) In object literals, the - symbol is not allowed as an identifier because it is also the minus operator in javascript.

2.) no, you have to use quotes.

3.) yes.

4.) yes, see 1.