ChildNode

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The ChildNode interface contains methods that are particular to Node objects that can have a parent.

ChildNode is a raw interface and no object of this type can be created; it is implemented by Element, DocumentType, and CharacterData objects.

Properties

There is no inherited property.

ChildNode.previousElementSibling Read only
Returns the Element immediately prior to this ChildNode in its parent's children list, or null if there is no Element in the list prior to this ChildNode.
ChildNode.nextElementSibling Read only
Returns the Element immediately following this ChildNode in its parent's children list, or null if there is no Element in the list following this ChildNode.

Methods

There is no inherited method.

ChildNode.remove()
Removes this ChildNode from the children list of its parent.
ChildNode.before()
Inserts a set of Node or DOMString objects in the children list of this ChildNode's parent, just before this ChildNode. DOMString objects are inserted as equivalent Text nodes.
ChildNode.after()
Inserts a set of Node or DOMString objects in the children list of this ChildNode's parent, just after this ChildNode. DOMString objects are inserted as equivalent Text nodes.
ChildNode.replace()
Replace this ChildNode in the children list of its parent with a set of Node or DOMString objects. DOMString objects are inserted as equivalent Text nodes.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM Living Standard Splitted the ElementTraversal interface in ParentNode and ChildNode. The previousElementSibling and nextElementSibling are now defined on the latter.
The CharacterData and DocumentType implemented the new interfaces.
Added the remove(), before(), after() and replace() methods.
Element Traversal Specification Recommendation Added the initial definition of its properties to the ElementTraversal pure interface and use it on Element.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (on Element) 1.0 23.0 (23.0) 9.0 [1] 10.0 4.0
Support on DocumentType and CharacterData 23.0 23.0 (23.0) Not supported 16.0 Not supported
previousElementSibling and nextElementSibling 1.0 3.5 (1.9.1) on Element
25.0 (25.0)
9.0 [1] 10.0 4.0
remove() 29.0 23.0 (23.0) Not supported 16.0 Not supported
before(), after(), and replace() Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (on Element) (Yes) 23.0 (23.0) (Yes) 10.0 (Yes)
Support on DocumentType and CharacterData (Yes) 23.0 (23.0) Not supported 16.0 Not supported
previousElementSibling and nextElementSibling (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) on Element (Yes) 10.0 (Yes)
remove() (Yes) 23.0 (23.0) Not supported 16.0 Not supported
before(), after(), and replace() Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

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