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The element read-only property of the CSSPseudoElement interface returns a reference to the originating element of the pseudo-element, in other words its parent element.


An Element representing the pseudo-element's originating element.


The example below demonstrates the relationship between CSSPseudoElement.element and Element.pseudo():

const myElement = document.querySelector('q');
const cssPseudoElement = myElement.pseudo('::after');
const originatingElement = cssPseudoElement.element;

console.log(myElement === originatingElement);                  // Outputs true
console.log(myElement.parentElement === originatingElement);    // Outputs false
console.log(myElement.lastElementChild === cssPseudoElement);   // Outputs false
console.log(myElement.lastChild === cssPseudoElement);          // Outputs false
console.log(myElement.nextElementSibling === cssPseudoElement); // Outputs false
console.log(myElement.nextSibling === cssPseudoElement);        // Outputs false


CSS Pseudo-Elements Module Level 4
# dom-csspseudoelement-element

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