Attribute without value in AngularJS directive

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I’ve written a directive with an isolate scope.

app.directive('myDirective', function() {
    return {
        restrict: 'E',
        scope {
            attr1: '@',
            attr2: '@',
            noValueAttr: // what to put here?
        link: function(scope, elem, attrs) {
            // how to check here if noValueAttr is present in mark-up?

the html could be

<my-directive attr1='...' attr='...' ... no-value-attr>


<my-directive attr1='...' attr='...' >

I am wondering how to use (and have the directive detect if it’s there or not) an optional attribute which has no assigned value. Thanks.

How to solve :

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Method 1

Just use attrs.hasOwnProperty('noValueAttr') in the link function to test whether the attribute is present or not.

Don’t forget the attribute in markup would be no-value-attr, not noValueAttr like you showed.

 link: function(scope, elem, attrs) {
           if (attrs.hasOwnProperty('noValueAttr'))
              // attribute is present
              // attribute is not present


Method 2

I know it is an old question, but there is that way to:

link: function(scope, elem, attrs) {
  scope.noValueAttr = scope.$eval(attrs.noValueAttr) || 'default value';

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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