The HTMLFormControlsCollection.namedItem() method returns the RadioNodeList or the Element in the collection whose name or id match the specified name, or null if no node matches.

Note that this version of namedItem() hides the one inherited from HTMLCollection. Like that one, in JavaScript, using the array bracket syntax with a String, like collection["value"] is equivalent to collection.namedItem("value").


var item = collection.namedItem(str);
var item = collection[str];


Return value


  <input id="myFormControl" type="textarea"/>
elem1 = document.forms[0]["myFormControl"]; // Returns the HTMLInputElement representing #myFormControl


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLFormControlsCollection' in that specification.
Living Standard No change since the last snapshot, HTML5.
The definition of 'HTMLFormControlsCollection' in that specification.
Recommendation In this snapshot of HTML Living Standard, the HTMLFormControlsCollections is defined for the first time.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support (Yes) 27 (27) [1] No support (Yes) ?
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 27.0 (27) [1] No support (Yes) ?

[1] Until Firefox 32 included, the eventual RadioNodeList returned by namedItem was a NodeList.

See also

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