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The head read-only property of the Document interface returns the <head> element of the current document. If there is more than one <head> in the document, the first one is returned.

Syntax

var objRef = document.head;

Value

An HTMLHeadElement.

Example

// in HTML: <head id="my-document-head">
var aHead = document.head;

alert(aHead.id); // "my-document-head";

alert( document.head === document.querySelector("head") ); // true

Notes

document.head is read-only. Trying to assign a value to this property will fail silently or, when in ECMAScript Strict Mode in a Gecko browser, throw a TypeError.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML5
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes49115
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?

 

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