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Different methods to make DOM elements in jQuery

Filed under: JavaScript— Tagged with: jquery

4 different ways to create HTML element in jQuery.

Method #1, the obvious method

Where as the following might be enough a lot of the times:

var el = '<a href="" class="link" id="link2">Testing</a>'

I sense that it is not really recommended by the community. There are better things.

Method #2, the better method

var $el = $('<a>')
  .attr('href', '')
  .attr('id', 'link2')

Or, same thing but just easier to read:

var $el = $('<a>')
  .attr('href', '')
  .attr('id', 'link2')

Method #3, the also very nice method

This was added in jQuery 1.4.

var $el = $('<a/>', {
  id: 'link2',
  class: 'link',
  href: '',
  title: 'This is a test',
  rel: 'external',
  text: 'Testing'

Method #4, the fastest method

This resonates positively in my programmer monkey brain. According to JsPerf the following method is also the fastest (if that's important to you).

var $e = $(document.createElement('div'))

$e.addClass('foo module')
  .attr('name', 'bob')
  .text('This div is created with jQuery and inserted here.')


document.createElement is clearly fastest of these methods. Here's a JsPerf scorecard:

A bar graph showing the speed difference between jQUery and vanilla JavaScript
JSPerf test results for documentCreate element


Little demo never hurt anybody. The method #4 in action here.

See a Demo PwWQBK

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