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XML DOM | getNamedItem Method

XML DOM - getNamedItem Method

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on XML DOM. In this tutorial, we are going to be studying about the XML DOM getNamedItem Method.

The getNamedItem method retrieves the node specified by name.


The following below is the syntax to use the getNamedItem Method -


Parameter Details

S.No.Parameter & Description


This specifies the name of the node to retrieve. It is of type DOMString.

Return Value

This method returns the node specified by name.


Following below are the node.xml contents -

<?xml version = "1.0"?>
   <Employee category = "Technical">
   <Employee category = "Non-Technical">
   <Employee category = "Management">

The following example illustrates the usage of the getNamedItem method -

<!DOCTYPE html>
         if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {// code for IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari
            xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
         } else {// code for IE6, IE5
            xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
         xmlDoc = xmlhttp.responseXML;

         xmlDoc = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName('Employee')[0].attributes;
         document.write("Name of attribute category for node Employee is: ");


Save file as namednodemapmethod_getnameditem.html on the server's path (this file and node.xml should be on the same path in your server). This gives us the following output below -

Name of attribute category for node Employee is: Technical

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

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