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javascript Element children[ ]

@March 15, 2008, 1:22 a.m.
children[ ] NN n/a IE 4 DOM n/a  


Returns an array of all first-level HTML element objects contained by the current element. This collection differs from the all[ ] collection in that it contains references only to the immediate children of the current element (whereas the all[ ] collection transcends generations). For example, document.body.children[ ] might contain a form, but no reference to form elements nested inside the form. Items in this array are indexed (zero-based) in source code order. In contrast to the childNodes[ ] array, the scope of this property is the element, not the node. See the children object.

for (var i = 0; i < elementRef.children.length; i++) {
    if (elementRef.children[i].tagName == "FORM") {
        // operate on a form element

Array of element object references.


Array of length zero.

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