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HTML DOM textContent Property

Element Object Reference Element Object

Example

Get the text content of the first button element:

document.getElementsByTagName("BUTTON")[0].textContent;

The result will be:

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Definition and Usage

The textContent property sets or returns the textual content of the specified node, and all its descendants.

If you set the textContent proerty, any child nodes are removed and replaced by a single Text node containing the specified string.

Tip: Sometimes this property can be used instead of the nodeValue property, but remember that this property returns the text of all child nodes as well.

Example

Get all the textual content of a list:

document.getElementById("myList).textContent;

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Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The textContent property is supported in all major browsers.

Note: Internet Explorer 8 and earlier does not support this property.


Syntax

Set the text content of a node:

node.textContent=text

Return the text content of a node:

node.textContent

Technical Details

Return Value: A String, representing the text of the node and all its descendants
DOM Version Core Level 3 Node Object


Element Object Reference Element Object


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