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Add a custom data attribute to aura:component

Lightning Development

Sometimes, we need to attach custom metadata to a system component, like lightning:input or ui:inputSelect, in order to identify an element uniquely (e.g. because we can't dynamically assign aura:id or something else). For example, today, in Lightning, the following code can't tell us "which" item was selected:
<aura:iteration items="{!v.values}" var="item">
  <lightning:input type="text" value="{!item}" onchange="{!c.update}" />
</aura:iteration>
It would be convenient if we could attach some custom data to the element:
<aura:iteration items="{!v.values}" var="item" indexVar="index">
  <lightning:input data="{!index}" type="text" value="{!item}" onchange="{!c.update}" />
</aura:iteration>
Ideally, the only change that needs to be made is adding a single line of code to aura:component;
<aura:attribute name="data" type="Object" access="GLOBAL" />
Since all components inherit from aura:component, this would immediately give us the ability to attach custom data to system components, in the same way that we could attach data to Visualforce components with HTML passthrough attributes.
 

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