Custom data attributes

Plone adds a few data attributes on the <body> element. It’s a handy way to pass some information to JavaScript.

This way, the JavaScript code is made more flexible and the values can be changed on the fly through the web.

Add custom data attributes

There’s two ways to add custom data attributes to Plone:

Plone registry

Add the key and values needed on plone.patternoptions registry key.


If done like this, all options will be prefixed data-pat-. This is the standard way to configure/tweak mockup/patternslib patterns (hence the pat- prefix)


If the data-pat- prefix does not suite you, or you want complete freedom on what to add, you can create a ZCA adapter.

The gist of it is: - register the adapter (in ZCML) - create the adapter object per se (in python)


    for="* * *"
    name="freitag_notifications" />


# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
from plone import api

class JavaScriptSettings(object):

    def __init__(self, context, request, field):
        self.request = request
        self.context = context
        self.field = field

    def __call__(self):
        return {
            'data-my-data': 'some-value',
            'data-another-data': 'another-value',

As soon as you reload Plone (due to the ZCML changes) there should be two new data attributes on the <body> element.