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Document.rootElement returns the Element that is the root element of the document if it is an <svg> element, otherwise null. It is deprecated in favor of Document.documentElement, which returns the root element for all documents.


const element = document.rootElement


If the document is a non-empty SVG document, then the rootElement will be an SVGSVGElement, identical to the documentElement.


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of 'SVGDocument.rootElement' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Deprecated
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of 'SVGDocument.rootElement' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition