removeAttributeNS removes the specified attribute from an element.

In Firefox 3 and later, this method resets DOM values to their defaults.


  • namespace is a string that contains the namespace of the attribute.
  • attrName is a string that names the attribute to be removed from the current node.


// <div id="div1" xmlns:special=""
//      special:specialAlign="utterleft" width="200px" /> 
d = document.getElementById("div1"); 
d.removeAttributeNS("", "specialAlign"); 
// now: <div id="div1" width="200px" />


DOM methods dealing with element's attributes:

Not namespace-aware, most commonly used methods Namespace-aware variants (DOM Level 2) DOM Level 1 methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used) DOM Level 2 namespace-aware methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used)
setAttribute (DOM 1) setAttributeNS setAttributeNode setAttributeNodeNS
getAttribute (DOM 1) getAttributeNS getAttributeNode getAttributeNodeNS
hasAttribute (DOM 2) hasAttributeNS - -
removeAttribute (DOM 1) removeAttributeNS removeAttributeNode -


DOM Level 2 Core: removeAttributeNS

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