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    Node.ownerDocument

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

    Syntax

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

    Example

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

    Notes

    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 ? ? ? ? ?

    [1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/ms534315(v=vs.85).aspx

    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.

    Specification

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    Last updated by: fscholz,