Non-standard
This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

Deprecated
This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. 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.

document.load() is a part of an old version of the W3C DOM Level 3 Load & Save module. Can be used with document.async to indicate whether the request is synchronous or asynchronous (the default). As of at least Gecko 1.9, this no longer supports cross-site loading of documents (Use XMLHttpRequest or fetch() instead).

Examples

var xmlDoc = document.implementation.createDocument("", "test", null);

function documentLoaded (e) {
  alert(new XMLSerializer().serializeToString(e.target)); // Gives querydata.xml contents as string
}

xmlDoc.addEventListener("load", documentLoaded, false);
xmlDoc.load('querydata.xml');

See also the load sample in the XML tests directory. (To test this functionality, create the files on your local disk or on a webserver rather than loading the load.html file from the LXR-generated page, which will serve the text.xml file as HTML.)

Specifications

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
DeprecatedNon-standard
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 3
Notes
Full support 3
Notes
Notes See bug 332175 for removal.
No support 1 — 3
Notes
Notes Before version 3, Firefox supported cross‑origin loads, even in cases where this would violate CORS.
IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile No support NoFirefox Android Full support 4
Notes
Full support 4
Notes
Notes See bug 332175 for removal.
Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also

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