data (W3C DOM Core property)

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var nodedata =;

The example above stores the data of a node to the nodedata variable. So if node were a Text node, such as the text inside the quote in the following example:

<q>Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow</q>

Then the nodedata variable would have the value Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow. This is also the same as its nodeValue.


The character data of a Text, Comment or CDATASection node, or the data in a ProcessingInstruction node.

This property is read/write.


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: Works when available!

There are wide variations in when the objects that this property belongs to are available (see each interface separately for details); however when available, this property always returns correctly, hence it's considered to be fully supported with no known issues.

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