The Range.surroundContents() method moves content of the Range into a new node, placing the new node at the start of the specified range.

This method is nearly equivalent to newNode.appendChild(range.extractContents()); range.insertNode(newNode). After surrounding, the boundary points of the range include newNode.

An exception will be thrown, however, if the Range splits a non-Text node with only one of its boundary points. That is, unlike the alternative above, if there are partially selected nodes, they will not be cloned and instead the operation will fail.




A Node to split based on the range.


var range = document.createRange();
var newNode = document.createElement("p");



Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'Range.surroundContents()' in that specification.
Living Standard No change.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Traversal and Range Specification
The definition of 'Range.surroundContents()' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) [1] 9.0 9.0 (Yes)
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) [1] 9.0 9.0 (Yes)

[1] Before Firefox 1.5, a bug was preventing Range.surroundContents to work if the start and end of range were in same textnode (bug 135928).

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