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This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for the proper prefixes to use in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the spec changes.

The NodeIterator.referenceNode read-only returns the Node to which the iterator is anchored; as new nodes are inserted, the iterator remains anchored to the reference node as specified by this property.


node = nodeIterator.referenceNode;


var nodeIterator = document.createNodeIterator(
    { acceptNode: function(node) { return NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT; } },
node = nodeIterator.referenceNode;


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'NodeIterator.referenceNode' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 3.5 (1.9.1) Not supported (Yes) 3.0
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) (Yes) 3.0

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