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Tech Stuff - DOM nodeName attribute

W3C Core Reference. Part of the Node Interface

nodeName attribute

Returns a string defining the name of this node (see list below). One of the 'terrible twins' (the other is nodeType) for figuring out what you've got your sticky hands on.

Syntax

string = object.nodeName;

Related Stuff

nodeType attribute

Values

nodeName returns a value based on the nodeType as follows:

nodeType Returns
ELEMENT_NODE = 1 tag name e.g. "BODY"
ATTRIBUTE_NODE = 2 name of attribute e.g. "href"
TEXT_NODE = 3 "#text"
CDATA_SECTION_NODE = 4 "#cdata-section"
ENTITY_REFERENCE_NODE = 5 name of entity referenced
ENTITY_NODE = 6 entity name
PROCESSING_INSTRUCTION_NODE = 7 entire processing instruction (inc. target)
COMMENT_NODE = 8 "#comment"
DOCUMENT_NODE = 9 "#document"
DOCUMENT_TYPE_NODE = 10 document type name e.g. "XHTML" or "HTML"
DOCUMENT_FRAGMENT_NODE = 11 "#document-fragment"
NOTATION_NODE = 12 notation name

Examples

// get node list
children = document.childNodes;

// use nodelist methods or attributes to access
for(i = 0; i < children.length; i++)
{
  if(children[i].nodeType == 1)
  {
    // check its type if element
    if(children[i].nodeName == "table")
    {
      // do some more stuff
    }
  }
  else
  {
    if(children[i].nodeName == "#text")
    {
      // simple text node
    }
     // etc.
  }
}

Notes:



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