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    The Node.ownerDocument read-only property returns the top-level document object for this node.


    document = element.ownerDocument
    • document is the document object parent of the current element.


    // given a node "p", get the top-level HTML child 
    // of the document object
    var d = p.ownerDocument; 
    var html = d.documentElement;


    The document object returned by this property is the main object with which all the child nodes in the actual HTML document are created. If this property is used on a node that is itself a document, the result is null.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
    Basic support ? ? 6.0 [1] ? ?
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support ? ? ? ? ?


    Gecko notes

    Starting in Gecko 9.0 (Firefox 9.0 / Thunderbird 9.0 / SeaMonkey 2.6), the ownerDocument of doctype nodes (that is, nodes for which Node.nodeType is Node.DOCUMENT_TYPE_NODE or 10) is no longer null. Instead, the ownerDocument is the document on which document.implementation.createDocumentType() was called.


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    Last updated by: fscholz,