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7 Cool HTML Elements Nobody Uses

Tapajyoti Bose on October 02, 2022

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 ...
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Oskar Grosser

When talking about "elements nobody uses":
In point 2 you could have used the <dfn> Definition element to show what term you are explaining (the Pythagorean Theorem) instead of using the <strong> element.

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Devang Tomar

These are really useful! Thanks for sharing 🙌

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Dániel Sebestyén

I have just refactored an app component that used infinite amount of divs and spans for displaying interactive elements on a map like image.
Using map and areas was a piece of cake and it became instantly accessible just by using semantically correct elements 🤘
The end result: removal of 800 lines of code and avoided using 2 libraries (gzipped ~210kb) just to solve a problem that is already solved 😁

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El Náufrago ॐ • Edited on

Thanks for sharing!

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Amir-cahyadi

Useful 👍❤️

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Todd Pressley

great article! you know what else i don’t see much in the wild? the dialog element!

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Junior Hernandez

That has a reason. MDN says that Safari adopted it in version 15.4 and Firefox in 98, while Chromium supports it since version 37. So support in all browsers started very recently. Due to the lack of support, it is not as popular. 😁

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BaasMurdo

I knew about most, but at the same time forgot about most 😅
Great post !

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Jonas Pfalzgraf
 You never stop learning, a really great post ^^
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HarvyDenth

Wow, I should definitely try it

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Thomas Bnt

Abbr is really cool to using!

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Justin Thompson

Didn't know about <details>! Thanks for the post.

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Gamerseo

It is worth paying attention to details to distinguish our website.

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Marc • Edited on

I Never did select again since datalist exist, one of thé best HTML components

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Efosa Collins EVBOWE

That datalist element would be my saviour

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Anirban Majumdar

Amazing thanks for sharing

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HackNetAyush

Meter, Map & Area are extremely useful! ❤

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Tue

Saving!

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DLillard0

awesome

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Taha Ben Masaud

A great post and really useful. Thanks

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this-is-matt

Very nice! It was a great reminder.

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Model Husband 👑

Thanks for sharing, they are useful 💯

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Maame Afia Fordjour

Great piece!

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sajedsoliman

Thank you so much for doing the dirty work for us ❤
This really helpful

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Marco Boelling

Nice ;)

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msiame1

Very usful. Thanks for sharing!

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Dmitry

Very helpful article. Thanks, Tapajyoti

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Mobarak Ali

Nice Article!

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Julie Lewis • Edited on

<map> and <area> are never used for a reason. They are horrible for accessibility, and I would think difficult to make responsive. I don't think I have used an image map this century.

I'll be checking out <object> though.

Another one that people forget about is definition lists. <dl>,<dt>,<dd>. If you've ever wished you could nest block elements in a bulleted list - like when your content creators looove multi-sentence bullets - definition lists are for you.

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Ashley Sheridan

There are a lot more tags in HTML that are rarely used. MDN lists a total of 114 current (not deprecated) tags. I'd say in general we probably only use a third of those at most.

To help, I made a tool to pick the most suitable HTML tag for any given purpose, all based off of a (quite complex) flowchart.

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Bartosz Wójcik

Why you publish the same thing here and on Medium?

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Tapajyoti Bose

To grab more eyeballs

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Bartosz Wójcik

This is spam

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Conor Sheehan

Were you inspired by the trending post on r/programming a few days ago? reddit.com/r/programming/comments/...

Got some déjà vu reading this

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Tapajyoti Bose

Not really. It was inspired by this: dev.to/eludadev/those-html-element...

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fontchangerguru

I did some research and found this article dev.to/eludadev/those-html-element... it helped me to build fontchangerguru.com/creepy-text-ge... Thanks for recommendation.

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You can check this out 24 tags also
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francoisaudic

What's about the accessibility of those elements ? How do they work with keyboard and screenreaders ?

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Roel de Brouwer

Why use images to demo html elements on a html-page?

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Matteo Vignoli

They are used so little that not even him uses them