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


An unsigned integer.

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

Constant Numerical value Description
NodeFilter.SHOW_ALL 4294967295 (that is the max value of unsigned long) Shows all nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_ATTRIBUTE Deprecated 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 Deprecated 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 Deprecated 32 Legacy, no more used.
NodeFilter.SHOW_ENTITY_REFERENCE Deprecated 16 Legacy, no more used.
NodeFilter.SHOW_NOTATION Deprecated 2048 Legacy, no more used.
NodeFilter.SHOW_PROCESSING_INSTRUCTION 64 Shows ProcessingInstruction nodes.
NodeFilter.SHOW_TEXT 4 Shows Text nodes.


var nodeIterator = document.createNodeIterator(
    ( NodeFilter.SHOW_ELEMENT | NodeFilter.SHOW_COMMENT | NodeFilter.SHOW_TEXT ),
    { acceptNode: function(node) { return NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT; } }
if ((nodeIterator.whatToShow & NodeFilter.SHOW_ALL) ||
    (nodeIterator.whatToShow & NodeFilter.SHOW_COMMENT)) {
    // nodeIterator will show comments


DOM Standard
# dom-nodeiterator-whattoshow

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See also