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Tech Stuff - DOM firstChild attribute

W3C Core Reference. Part of the Node Interface

firstChild attribute

Returns the first (top) Node that is a child of the current node. If there are none it will return NULL.

Syntax

firstnode = node.firstChild;

Related Stuff

appendChild method, removeChild method

Examples

// get the first child of existing node
currentnode = document.getElementById("current");

first = currentnode.firstChild;
if(first)
{
  // node exists
  if(first.nodeType == 3)
  {
    // do something if its a text node
    string = first.nodeValue;
  }
}

Notes:

None.



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