Building a Simple Tab Strip using Vanilla JavaScript

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I recently developed a simple tab strip using only HTML, CSS, and vanilla JavaScript. The script does not require any dependencies and is cross-browser compatible. Enjoy!

body {
    font-family: "Montserrat";
    font-weight: 300;
    font-size: 16px;
    line-height: 1.5;
    color: #24292e;
    background-color: #321a44;
#tabstrip {
    padding: 0em;
    width: 75%;
.tab {
    font-family: "Montserrat";
    font-weight: 400;
    cursor: pointer;
    float: left;
    margin: 0 0.2em 0 0;
    min-width: 3em;
    overflow: hidden;
    padding: 0.625em;
    white-space: nowrap;
    color: #ffffff;
.activeTab {
    background-color: #221ee4;
.inactiveTab {
    background-color: #937099;
.activePanel {
    color: #ffffff;
    background-color: #221ee4;
    clear: both;
    display: block;
    padding: 1em;
.inactivePanel {
    display: none;

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See a demo here.

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