Deprecated: This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. 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 Text.replaceWholeText() method replaces the text of the node and all of its logically adjacent text nodes with the specified text. The replaced nodes are removed, including the current node, unless it was the recipient of the replacement text.

A DOMException with the value NO_MODIFICATION_ERR is thrown if one of the text nodes being replaced is read only.

This method returns the text node which received the replacement text, or null if the replacement text is an empty string. The returned node is the current node unless the current node is read only, in which case the returned node is a newly created text node of the same type which has been inserted at the location of the replacement.

Note: In order to achieve a similar effect in modern browsers, consider using Node.textContent or Element.innerHTML.


replacementNode = textnode.replaceWholeText(content)


This method was originally present in the DOM specification. It has been removed and this feature is no longer on track to become a standard.

Instead, consider using algorithms based on Node.textContent or Element.innerHTML.

Browser compatibility

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See also

  • The Text interface it belongs to.