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    Node.parentNode Redirect 1

    Summary

    Returns the parent of the specified node in the DOM tree.

    Syntax

    parentNode = node.parentNode
    

    parentNode is the parent of the current node. The parent of an element is an Element node, a Document node, or a DocumentFragment node.

    Example

    if (node.parentNode) {
      // remove a node from the tree, unless 
      // it's not in the tree already
      node.parentNode.removeChild(node);
    }

    Notes

    Document and DocumentFragment nodes can never have a parent, so parentNode will always return null.

    It also returns null if the node has just been created and is not yet attached to the tree.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari
    Basic support 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 0.2 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

    Specification

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    Document Tags and Contributors

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    Last updated by: Sheppy,