Node firstChild Property - how whitespace may interfere with this property. - Javascript DOM

Javascript examples for DOM:Node


The following code shows how to get the node name of the first child node of a <div> element:

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<!DOCTYPE html>
div {//from w  w  w. j  a va2s . c om
    border: 1px solid black;
    margin: 15px;

<div id="myDIV">
  <p>A P element - Second child in div</p>
  <span>A Span element - Fourth child in div</span>

<button onclick="myFunction()">Test</button>

<p id="demo"></p>

function myFunction() {
    var x = document.getElementById("myDIV").firstChild.nodeName;
    document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = x;


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