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« DOM Reference « ChildNode

The ChildNode.nextElementSibling read-only property returns the element immediately following the specified one in its parent's children list, or null if the specified element is the last one in the list.


var nextNode = elementNodeReference.nextElementSibling; 


<div id="div-01">Here is div-01</div>
<div id="div-02">Here is div-02</div>

<script type="text/javascript">
  var el = document.getElementById('div-01').nextElementSibling;
  document.write('<p>Siblings of div-01</p><ol>');
  while (el) {
    document.write('<li>' + el.nodeName + '</li>');
    el = el.nextElementSibling;

This example outputs the following into the page when it loads:

Siblings of div-01

   1. DIV
   2. SCRIPT
   3. P
   4. OL


Specification Status Comment
DOM Living Standard Splitted the ElementTraversal interface in ChildNode and ParentNode. This method is now defined on the former.
The DocumentType and CharacterData implemented the new interface.
Element Traversal Specification Recommendation Added its initial definition to the ElementTraversal pure interface and use it on Element.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 4 3.5 (1.9.1) 9 9.8 4
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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