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XML DOM | Traversing

XML DOM - Traversing

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on XML DOM. In this section of our XML DOM tutorial, we will be looking into XML DOM Traversing.

In our last tutorial, we studied about how to load xml document and parse the obtained DOM object. The parsed DOM object can be traversed. Traversing can be described as a process in which looping is carried out in a systematic way by going across each and every element step by step in a node tree.


The following example below explains XML DOM traversing. Here we traverse through each child node of <Employee> element -

<!DOCTYPE html>
      table,th,td {
         border:1px solid black;
      <div id = "ajax_xml"></div>
         //if browser supports XMLHttpRequest
         if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {// Create an instance of XMLHttpRequest object. 
            code for IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari
            var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
         } else {// code for IE6, IE5
            var xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
         // sets and sends the request for calling "node.xml"

         // sets and returns the content as XML DOM
            var xml_dom = xmlhttp.responseXML;
         // this variable stores the code of the html table
            var html_tab = '<table id = "id_tabel" align = "center">
               <th>Employee Category</th>
            var arr_employees = xml_dom.getElementsByTagName("Employee");
         // traverses the "arr_employees" array
            for(var i = 0; i<arr_employees.length; i++) {
               var employee_cat = arr_employees[i].getAttribute('category');
               // gets the value of 'category' element of current "Element" tag

               // gets the value of first child-node of 'FirstName' 
               // element of current "Employee" tag
                  var employee_firstName =

               // gets the value of first child-node of 'LastName' 
               // element of current "Employee" tag
                  var employee_lastName =

               // gets the value of first child-node of 'ContactNo' 
               // element of current "Employee" tag
                  var employee_contactno = 

               // gets the value of first child-node of 'Email' 
               // element of current "Employee" tag
                  var employee_email = 

               // adds the values in the html table
               html_tab += '<tr>
                  <td>'+ employee_cat+ '</td>
                  <td>'+ employee_firstName+ '</td>
                  <td>'+ employee_lastName+ '</td>
                  <td>'+ employee_contactno+ '</td>
                  <td>'+ employee_email+ '</td>
         html_tab += '</table>'; 
         // adds the html table in a html tag, with id = "ajax_xml"
         document.getElementById('ajax_xml').innerHTML = html_tab; 

  • This code loads node.xml
  • This XML content is transformed into JavaScript XML DOM object.
  • The array of elements (with tag Element) via the method getElementsByTagName() is obtained.
  • Next, we traverse through this array and display the child node values in a table.


Save this file as traverse_example.html on the server path (this file and node.xml file should be on the same path in your server. The following output will be displayed -

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about XML DOM Navigation.

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