OVERTONE OVERTONE -4 years ago 64
HTML Question

Getting the parent div of element

This should be really simple but I'm having trouble with it. How do I get a parent div of a child element?


<div id="test>
<p id="myParagraph">Testing</p>


var pDoc = document.getElementById("myParagraph");
var parentDiv = ??????????

I would have thought
would work but I keep getting
not defined
errors. Note that the
is defined, just not certain variables of it.

Any ideas?

P.S. I would prefer to avoid jQuery if possible.

Answer Source

You're looking for parentNode, which Element inherits from Node:

parentDiv = pDoc.parentNode;

Handy References:

  • DOM2 Core specification - well-supported by all major browsers
  • DOM2 HTML specification - bindings between the DOM and HTML
  • DOM3 Core specification - some updates, not all supported by all major browsers
  • HTML5 specification - which now has the DOM/HTML bindings in it
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