Return all ancestor elements of <span>:
The parents() method returns all ancestor elements of the selected element.
An ancestor is a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, and so on.
The DOM tree: This method traverse upwards from the parent element along ancestors of DOM elements, all the way up to the document's root element (<html>).
Note: If the filter parameter is empty, this function will select all ancestors of a set of elements, from the direct parent and all the way up to <body> and <html>. It is therefore often useful to pass a selector expression to narrow down the search result.
This method is similar to closest(), in that they both traverse up the DOM tree. The differences are as follows:
Other related methods:
|filter||Optional. Specifies a selector expression to narrow down the search for
Note: To return multiple ancestors, separate each expression with a comma.
Narrow down the search
How to use the filter parameter to return all ancestors of <span> that are <ul> elements.
Return multiple ancestors
How to use the filter parameter to return all ancestors of <span> that are <li> and <div> elements.
the ancestors of an element by tag names
A demonstration which shows who the ancestors of a <span> element actually are.