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
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'relList' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 50.0 30 (30) ? ? ?
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support ? 50.0 30.0 (30) ? ? ? 50.0

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