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    The ChildNode.previousElementSibling read-only property returns the Element immediately prior to the specified one in its parent's children list, or null if the specified element is the first one in the list.


    prevNode = elementNodeReference.previousElementSibling; 


    <div id="div-01">Here is div-01</div>
    <div id="div-02">Here is div-02</div>
    <li>This is a list item</li>
    <li>This is another list item</li>
    <div id="div-03">Here is div-03</div>
      var el = document.getElementById('div-03').previousElementSibling;
      document.write('<p>Siblings of div-03</p><ol>');
      while (el) {
        document.write('<li>' + el.nodeName + '</li>');
        el = el.previousElementSibling;

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

    Siblings of div-03
       1. LI
       2. LI
       3. DIV
       4. DIV


    Specification Status Comment
    The definition of 'ChildNode.previousElementSibling' in that specification.
    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
    The definition of 'ElementTraversal.previousElementSibling' in that 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 (on Element 4 3.5 (1.9.1) 9 9.8 4
    Support on CharacterData and DocumentType 29.0 25 (25) Not supported 16.0 Not supported
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (on Element (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) 9.8 (Yes)
    Support on CharacterData and DocumentType (Yes) 25.0 (25) Not supported 16.0 Not supported

    See also

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