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Node.children is a read-only property that returns a live HTMLCollection of the child elements of Node.


var elList = elementNodeReference.children; 

elList is a HTMLCollection, which is an ordered collection of DOM elements that are children of elementNodeReference. If there are no element children, then elList contains no elements and has a length of 0.


// pEl is a reference to a <p> element
var elementChildren = pEl.children;
for (var i = 0; i < elementChildren.length; i++) {
    // NOTE: elementChildren is a live list, adding or removing children from pEl
    // will change the members of elementChildren immediately


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'ParentNode.children' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Edge Opera Safari
Basic support (on Element) 1.0 3.5 (1.9.1) 9.0 [1] 38.0 10.0 4.0
Support on Document and DocumentFragment 29.0 25.0 (25.0) No support No support 16.0 No support
Support on SVGElement (Yes) (Yes) No support No support ? No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (on Element) (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Support on Document and DocumentFragment (Yes) 25.0 (25.0) No support 16.0 No support

[1] Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 supported it, but erroneously includes Comment nodes.

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