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The HTMLBodyElement interface provides special properties (beyond those of the regular HTMLElement interface they also inherit) for manipulating body elements.

Properties

Inherits properties from its parent, HTMLElement and from WindowEventHandlers.

HTMLBodyElement.aLink
Is a DOMString that represents the color of active hyperlinks.
HTMLBodyElement.background
Is a DOMString that represents the description of the location of the background image resource. Note that this is not an URI, though some older version of some browsers do expect it.
HTMLBodyElement.bgColor
Is a DOMString that represents the background color for the document.
HTMLBodyElement.link
Is a DOMString that represents the color of unvisited links.
HTMLBodyElement.text
Is a DOMString that represents the foreground color of text.
HTMLBodyElement.vLink
Is a DOMString that represents the color of visited links.

Methods

No specific methods; inherits methods from its parent, HTMLElement and from WindowEventHandlers.

Event handlers

No specific event handlers; inherits event handlers from its parent, HTMLElement and from WindowEventHandlers.

WindowEventHandlers.onafterprint
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the afterprint event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onbeforeprint
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the beforeprint event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onbeforeunload
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the beforeunload event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onhashchange
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the hashchange event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onlanguagechange
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the languagechange event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onmessage
Is an EventHandler called whenever an object receives a message event.  
WindowEventHandlers.onmessageerror
Is an eventHandler called whenever an object receives a messageerror event.
WindowEventHandlers.onoffline
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the offline event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.ononline
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the online event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onpagehide
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the pagehide event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onpageshow
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the pageshow event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onpopstate
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the popstate event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onrejectionhandled
An EventHandler representing the code executed when the rejectionhandled event is raised, indicating that a Promise was rejected and the rejection has been handled.
WindowEventHandlers.onresize
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the resize event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onstorage
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the storage event is raised.
WindowEventHandlers.onunhandledrejection
An EventHandler representing the code executed when the unhandledrejection event is raised, indicating that a Promise was rejected but the rejection was not handled.
WindowEventHandlers.onunload
Is an EventHandler representing the code to be called when the unload event is raised.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLBodyElement' in that specification.
Living Standard Technically, the event-related properties onafterprint, onbeforeprint, onbeforeunload, onblur, onerror, onfocus, onhashchange, onlanguagechange, onload, onmessage, onoffline, ononline, onpopstate, onresize, onstorage, and onunload, have been moved to WindowEventHandlers. HTMLBodyElement implements this interface.
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'HTMLBodyElement' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML5
The definition of 'HTMLBodyElement' in that specification.
Recommendation The following properties are now obsolete: aLink, bgColor, background, link, text, and vLink.
The following properties have been added: onafterprint, onbeforeprint, onbeforeunload, onblur, onerror, onfocus, onhashchange, onload, onmessage, onoffline, ononline, onpopstate, onresize, onstorage, and onunload.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification
The definition of 'HTMLBodyElement' in that specification.
Obsolete No change from Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification
The definition of 'HTMLBodyElement' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 1Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
aLink
Deprecated
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
background
Deprecated
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
bgColor
Deprecated
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
link
Deprecated
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
text
Deprecated
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
vLink
Deprecated
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

See also

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