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The HTMLAnchorElement.relList read-only property reflects the rel attribute. It is a live DOMTokenList containing the set of link types indicating the relationship between the resource represented by the <a> element and the current document.

The property itself is read-only, meaning you can't substitute the DOMTokenList with another one, but its contents can still be changed.


var relstr = anchorElt.relList;


var anchors = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
var length = anchors.length;
for (var i = 0; i < length; i++) {
  var list = anchors[i].relList;
  var listLength = list.length;
  console.log("New area found.");
  for (var j = 0; j < listLength; j++) {


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'relList' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?

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