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HTML DOM getElementsByTagName() Method

Element Object Reference Element Object

Example

Change the text of the first list item in a list:

var list=document.getElementsByTagName("UL")[0]
list.getElementsByTagName("LI")[0].innerHTML="Milk";

Before changing the text:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

After changing the text:

  • Milk
  • Tea

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Definition and Usage

The getElementsByTagName() method returns a collection of an elements's child elements with the specified tagname, as a NodeList object.

Tip: The parametervalue "*" returns all of the element's child elements.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The getElementsByTagName() method is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

element.getElementsByTagName(tagname)

Parameters

Parameter Type Description
tagname String Required. The tagname of the child elements you want to get

Return Value

Type Description
NodeList object A collection of the element's child elements with the specified tagname

Technical Details

DOM Version Core Level 1 Element Object


Element Object Reference Element Object


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