NodeIterator.whatToShow

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The NodeIterator.whatToShow read-only property represents an unsigned integer representing a bitmask signifying what types of nodes should be returned by the NodeIterator.

Syntax

var nodeTypes = nodeIterator.whatToShow;

The values that can be combined to form the bitmap are:

Constant Numerical value Description
NodeFilter.SHOW_ALL -1 (that is the max value of unsigned long) Shows all nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_ATTRIBUTE 2 Shows attribute Attr nodes. This is meaningful only when creating a NodeIterator or TreeWalker with an Attr node as its root; in this case, it means that the attribute node will appear in the first position of the iteration or traversal. Since attributes are never children of other nodes, they do not appear when traversing over the document tree.
NodeFilter.SHOW_CDATA_SECTION 8 Shows CDATASection nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_COMMENT 128 Shows Comment nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_DOCUMENT 256 Shows Document nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_DOCUMENT_FRAGMENT 1024 Shows DocumentFragment nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_DOCUMENT_TYPE 512 Shows DocumentType nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_ELEMENT 1 Shows Element nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_ENTITY 32 Shows Entity nodes. This is meaningful only when creating a NodeIterator or TreeWalker with an Entity node as its root; in this case, it means that the Entity node will appear in the first position of the traversal. Since entities are not part of the document tree, they do not appear when traversing over the document tree.
NodeFilter.SHOW_ENTITY_REFERENCE 16 Shows EntityReference nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_NOTATION 2048 Shows Notation nodes. This is meaningful only when creating a NodeIterator or TreeWalker with a Notation node as its root; in this case, it means that the Notation node will appear in the first position of the traversal. Since entities are not part of the document tree, they do not appear when traversing over the document tree.
NodeFilter.SHOW_PROCESSING_INSTRUCTION 64 Shows ProcessingInstruction nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_TEXT 4 Shows Text nodes.

Example

var nodeIterator = document.createNodeIterator(
    document.body,
    NodeFilter.SHOW_ELEMENT + NodeFilter.SHOW_COMMENT + NodeFilter.SHOW_TEXT,
    { acceptNode: function(node) { return NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT; } },
    false
);
if( (nodeIterator.whatToShow == NodeFilter.SHOW_ALL) ||
    (nodeIterator.whatToShow % (NodeFilter.SHOW_COMMENT*2)) >= NodeFilter.SHOW_COMMENT) {
    // nodeIterator will show comments
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM Living Standard No change from Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Traversal and Range Specification.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Traversal and Range Specification Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 3.5 (1.9.1) 9.0 9.0 3.0
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) 9.0 3.0

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