NodeIterator.expandEntityReferences

Deprecated
This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The NodeIterator.expandEntityReferences read-only property returns a Boolean flag indicating whether or not the children of entity reference nodes are visible to the NodeIterator.

If this value is false, the children of entity reference nodes (as well as all of their descendants) are rejected. This takes precedence over the value of the  NodeIterator.whatToShow method and the associated filter.

Syntax

expand = nodeIterator.expandEntityReferences;

Example

var nodeIterator = document.createNodeIterator(
    document.body,
    NodeFilter.SHOW_ELEMENT,
    { acceptNode: function(node) { return NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT; } },
    false
);
expand = nodeIterator.expandEntityReferences;

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'NodeIterator' in that specification.
Living Standard Removed from the spec.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Traversal and Range Specification
The definition of 'NodeIterator.expandEntityReferences' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Update compatibility data on GitHub
DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
DeprecatedNon-standard
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox No support 3.5 — 21IE Full support 9Opera Full support 9Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android No support 4 — 21Opera Android Full support 9Safari iOS Full support 3Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

Last updated by: ExE-Boss,