Text in DOM Level 2 Core

The Text interface represents the textual content of an Element or Attr.

For more information see http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/REC-DOM-Level-2-Core-20001113/core.html#ID-1312295772.

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Instance Properties

name type description
attributes NamedNodeMap (read only) [from Node]
childNodes NodeList (read only) [from Node]
data String [from CharacterData]
firstChild Node (read only) [from Node]
lastChild Node (read only) [from Node]
length Number (read only) [from CharacterData]
localName String (read only) [from Node]
namespaceURI String (read only) [from Node]
nextSibling Node (read only) [from Node]
nodeName String (read only) [from Node]
nodeType Number (read only) [from Node]
nodeValue String [from Node]
ownerDocument Document (read only) [from Node]
parentNode Node (read only) [from Node]
prefix String [from Node]
previousSibling Node (read only) [from Node]

Instance Methods

name returns description
addEventListener(type,listener,useCapture) (none) [from EventTarget]
appendChild(newChild) Node [from Node]
appendData(arg) (none) [from CharacterData]
cloneNode(deep) Node Return a new copy of the node. [from Node]
deleteData(offset,count) (none) [from CharacterData]
dispatchEvent(evt) Boolean Dispatches an event to the invoking object. [from EventTarget]
hasAttributes() Boolean [from Node]
hasChildNodes() Boolean [from Node]
insertBefore(newChild,refChild) Node [from Node]
insertData(offset,arg) (none) [from CharacterData]
isSupported(feature,version) Boolean [from Node]
normalize() (none) [from Node]
removeChild(oldChild) Node [from Node]
removeEventListener(type,listener,useCapture) (none) [from EventTarget]
replaceChild(newChild,oldChild) Node [from Node]
replaceData(offset,count,arg) (none) [from CharacterData]
splitText(offset) Text
substringData(offset,count) String [from CharacterData]



The Text interface inherits from CharacterData and represents the textual content (termed character data in XML) of an Element or Attr. If there is no markup inside an element's content, the text is contained in a single object implementing the Text interface that is the only child of the element. If there is markup, it is parsed into the information items (elements, comments, etc.) and Text nodes that form the list of children of the element.

When a document is first made available via the DOM, there is only one Text node for each block of text. Users may create adjacent Text nodes that represent the contents of a given element without any intervening markup, but should be aware that there is no way to represent the separations between these nodes in XML or HTML, so they will not (in general) persist between DOM editing sessions. The normalize() method on Node merges any such adjacent Text objects into a single node for each block of text.

Methods that return a Text

name of object description
createTextNode([data]) Document Create a new Text node, with optional content.
splitText(offset) Text