DOMImplementation.createDocument()

The DOMImplementation.createDocument() method creates and returns an XMLDocument.

Syntax

doc = document.implementation.createDocument(namespaceURI, qualifiedNameStr, documentType);

Parameters

namespaceURI
Is a DOMString containing the namespace URI of the document to be created, or null if the document doesn't belong to one.
qualifiedNameStr
Is a DOMString containing the qualified name, that is an optional prefix and colon plus the local root element name, of the document to be created.
documentType Optional
Is the DocumentType of the document to be created. It defaults to null.

Example

var doc = document.implementation.createDocument ('http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml', 'html', null);
var body = document.createElementNS('http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml', 'body');
body.setAttribute('id', 'abc');
doc.documentElement.appendChild(body);
alert(doc.getElementById('abc')); // [object HTMLBodyElement]

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'DOMImplementation.createDocument' in that specification.
Living Standard Modified the return type of createDocument() from Document to XMLDocument.
The third argument of createDocument(), doctype, is now optional and default to null.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Core Specification
The definition of 'DOMImplementation.createDocument' in that specification.
Recommendation No change from Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Core Specification
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Core Specification
The definition of 'DOMImplementation.createDocument' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 (Yes) (Yes)
3rd argument of createDocument() optional (Yes) 26.0 (26.0) Not supported (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
3rd argument of createDocument() optional (Yes) 26.0 (26.0) Not supported (Yes) (Yes)

See also

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