Did you know HTML elements can be editable?

Did you know HTML elements can be editable?

Chris Bongers
Β·Aug 25, 2020Β·

2 min read

This is one of the HTML options you don't see often, but are actually really cool.

There is an HTML attribute called contenteditable, and it allows HTML elements to become editable πŸ™Š.

Let me show you how it looks on this Codepen. (Click any text!)

HTML contenteditable

We can simply make an element editable by adding the contenteditable tag.

<div class="container">
  <h1 contenteditable="true">Welcome click me 🎯</h1>
  <p contenteditable="true">
    Did you know you can click me to edit my content?<br />
    Even big paragraphs πŸ‘€
  </p>
  <a contenteditable="true" href="#">View the full article</a>
</div>

It can have three values:

  • contenteditable="true" ~ We can change the content
  • contenteditable="false" ~ Not able to change it
  • contenteditable="inherit" ~ What ever the parent has

Capturing changes in JavaScript

Of course, this is cool, but it doesn't do much on its own, we can actually capture these changes with JavaScript.

Let's bind an event listener to the input event for each contenteditable tag.

var contents = document.querySelectorAll('[contenteditable]');

for (let content of contents) {
  content.addEventListener('input', function() {
    console.log('input changed to: ' + content.innerHTML);
  });
}

Browser Support

Since this is a native HTML tag, it has amazing support!

Contenteditable support

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