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Document.elementsFromPoint()

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage 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 specification changes.

The elementsFromPoint() method of the Document interface returns an array of all elements at the specified coordinates.

Syntax

var elements = document.elementsFromPoint(x, y);

Returns

An array of Element objects under the given point.

Parameters

x
A horizontal position within the current viewport.
y
A vertical position within the current viewport.

Example

HTML Content

<div>
  <p>Some text</p>
</div>
<p>Elements at point 30, 20:</p>
<div id="output"></div>

JavaScript Content

var output = document.getElementById("output");
if (document.elementsFromPoint) {
  var elements = document.elementsFromPoint(30, 20);
  for(var i = 0; i < elements.length; i++) {
    output.textContent += elements[i].localName;
    if (i < elements.length - 1) {
      output.textContent += " < ";
    }
  }
} else {
  output.innerHTML = "<span style=\"color: red;\">" +
     "Browser does not support <code>document.elementsFromPoint()</code>" +
     "</span>";
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Object Model (CSSOM) View Module
The definition of 'elementsFromPoint' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support  43.0 46.0 (46.0)[1] 10.0 ms ? No support
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support 43.0 46.0 (46.0)[1] ? ? No support 43.0

[1] See bug 1164427.

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