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The HTMLHtmlElement interface serves as the root node for a given HTML document. This object inherits the properties and methods described in the HTMLElement interface.

You can retrieve the HTMLHtmlElement object for a given document by reading the value of the document.documentElement property.


Inherits properties from its parent, HTMLElement.

Is a DOMString representing the version of the HTML Document Type Definition (DTD) that governs this document. This property should not be used any more as it is non-conforming. Simply omit it.


No specific method; inherits methods from its parent, HTMLElement.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLHtmlElement' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'HTMLHtmlElement' in that specification.
Recommendation No change since the last snapshot
The definition of 'HTMLHtmlElement' in that specification.
Recommendation The version element has been removed, as it is non-conforming.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification
The definition of 'HTMLHtmlElement' in that specification.
Obsolete Reflecting the element change in HTML 4.01 Specification, the version property is now deprecated.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification
The definition of 'HTMLHtmlElement' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
HTMLHtmlElementChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


Full support  
Full support

See also

  • HTML element implementing this interface: <html>.