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 Selection.anchorNode read-only property returns the Node in which the selection begins.

A user may make a selection from left to right (in document order) or right to left (reverse of document order). The anchor is where the user began the selection. This can be visualized by holding the Shift key and pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard. The selection's anchor does not move, but the selection's focus, the other end of the selection, does move.

Syntax

node =
 sel.anchorNode

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Editing APIs
The definition of 'Selection.anchorNode' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition
Selection API
The definition of 'Selection.anchorNode' in that specification.
Working Draft Current

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support ? (Yes) ? ? ?
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? (Yes) 1.0 ? ? ?

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