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XML DOM childNodes Property

❮ Document Object


The following code fragment loads "books.xml" into xmlDoc and displays the child nodes of the XML document:

var xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
   if (this.readyState == 4 && this.status == 200) {
xhttp.open("GET", "books.xml", true);

function myFunction(xml) {
    var x, i, xmlDoc, txt;
    xmlDoc = xml.responseXML;
    txt = "";
    x = xmlDoc.childNodes;
    for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) {
        txt += "Nodename: " + x[i].nodeName +
        " (nodetype: " + x[i].nodeType + ")";
    document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = txt;

The output of the code above will be:

Nodename: bookstore (nodetype: 1)

Output IE9 and earlier:

Nodename: xml (nodetype: 7)
Nodename: bookstore (nodetype: 1)
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Definition and Usage

The childNodes property returns a NodeList of child nodes for the document.



Tips and Notes

Tip: Use the NodeLists's length property to determine the number of nodes in a node list. When you know the length of a node list, you can easily loop through it and extract the values you want!

❮ Document Object