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    DOMImplementation.createHTMLDocument()

    This is an experimental technology
    Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for the proper prefixes to use in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the spec changes.

    The DOMImplementation.createHTMLDocument() method creates a new HTML Document.

    Syntax

    newDoc = document.implementation.createHTMLDocument(title);

    Parameters

    title  Optional
    Is a DOMString containing the title to give the new HTML document.

    Example

    This example creates a new HTML document and inserts it into an <iframe> in the current document.

    Here's the HTML for this example:

    <body>
      <p>Click <a href="javascript:makeDocument()">here</a> to create a new document and insert it below.</p>
      <iframe id="theFrame" src="about:blank" />
    </body>
    

    The JavaScript implementation of the makeDocument() method follows:

    function makeDocument() {
      var frame = document.getElementById("theFrame");
              
      var doc = document.implementation.createHTMLDocument("New Document");
      var p = doc.createElement("p");
      p.innerHTML = "This is a new paragraph.";
      
      try {
        doc.body.appendChild(p);
      } catch(e) {
        console.log(e);
      }
    
      // Copy the new HTML document into the frame
    
      var destDocument = frame.contentDocument;
      var srcNode = doc.documentElement;
      var newNode = destDocument.importNode(srcNode, true);
      
      destDocument.replaceChild(newNode, destDocument.documentElement);
    }
    

    The code in lines 4-12 handle creating the new HTML document and inserting some content into it. Line 4 uses createHTMLDocument() to construct a new HTML document whose <title> is "New Document". Lines 5 and 6 create a new paragraph element with some simple content, and then lines 8-12 handle inserting the new paragraph into the new document.

    Line 16 pulls the contentDocument of the frame; this is the document into which we'll be injecting the new content. The next two lines handle importing the contents of our new document into the new document's context. Finally, line 20 actually replaces the contents of the frame with the new document's contents.

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    The returned document is pre-constructed with the following HTML:

    <!doctype html>
    <html>
    <head>
    <title>title</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    </body>
    </html>
    

    Specifications

    Specification Status Comment
    DOM
    The definition of 'DOMImplementation.createHTMLDocument' in that specification.
    Living Standard Initial definition.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
    Basic support (Yes) 4.0 (2.0) [1] 9.0 (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) 4.0 (2.0) [1] (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

    [1] The title parameter has only been made option in Firefox 23.

    See also

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    Contributors to this page: Sheppy, bradleyayers, fscholz, Prome, ziyunfei, kscarfone, teoli, Jscher2000
    Last updated by: teoli,