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XML DOM | Element Object getAttribute Method

XML DOM - Element Object getAttribute 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 Element Object getAttribute Method.

The XML DOM Element Object getAttribute method gives the value of the attribute if it exists for a specified element.


The following below is the syntax to use the XML DOM getAttribute method -


Parameter Details

S.No.Parameter & Description


It holds the name of the attribute to retrieve.

Return Value

This XML DOM method returns the value of the attribute as string if present, else it will be specified as null.


Following 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 Element Object getAttribute method -

<!DOCTYPE html>
         if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
            xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
         } else {
            xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
         xmlDoc = xmlhttp.responseXML;
         x = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName('Employee')[2];
         document.write("The attribute is: ");



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

The attribute is: Management

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 DOM Element Object getAttributeNS Method.

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