Issue #69  (attributes, CSS/HTML, Text Editors, Files)11/13/14

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The attributes property is available on all HTML elements, and we can use it in conjunction with the hasAttributes() method, which returns a Boolean value. hasAttributes() (note the "s" at the end) seems to have gone unnoticed by a lot of developers, possibly confusing it with hasAttribute() (no "s").

While the well-known hasAttribute() method takes an argument, which is the attribute you want to test, the hasAttributes() method does not does not take any arguments, so it's just a true or false test to see if any attributes exist.

After testing to see if an element has any attributes, we can collect them using the aforementioned attributes property. This property returns an array-like live DOM collection.

Here's a quick-and-dirty script to collect and display all attribute/value pairs from all the div elements on a page:
var divs = document.getElementsByTagName('div'),
    op = document.getElementsByTagName('output')[0],
    i, j;

for (i = 0; i < divs.length; i++) { 

  if (divs[i].hasAttributes()) {
    op.innerHTML += '<p><b>Element #' + 
                    (i + 1) + 
                    ' has the following' +
                    ' attribute/value pairs:</b>';
    for (j = 0; j < divs[i].attributes.length; j++) {
      op.innerHTML += divs[i].attributes[j].name + 
                      ': ' +  divs[i].attributes[j].value + 
                      '<br />';
    op.innerHTML += '</p>';

  } else {
    op.innerHTML += '<p><b>Element #' + 
                    (i + 1) + 
                    ' has no attributes.</b>';

(JS Bin example)

The attributes property is supported everywhere, including back to IE6. The hasAttributes() method is supported everywhere including IE9+, so you might need a shim if that's not good enough. 

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Animated focus rings for form elements and elements with tabindex values.

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