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XML DOM | Element Object getAttributeNS Method

XML DOM - Element Object getAttributeNS Method

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

The Element Object getAttributeNS method is used to retrieve an attribute value by local name and namespace URI.


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

elementObj.getAttributeNS(namespace,  name)

Parameter Details

S.No.Parameter & Description


The name of the attribute to look for.



The name of the attribute to look for.


Following are the node_ns.xml contents -

<?xml version = "1.0"?>
   <Employee xmlns:e = "http://www.webdesigntutorialz.com/technical/" category = "technical">
      <e:FirstName e:lang = "en">Kennedy</e:FirstName>
   <Employee xmlns:n = "http://www.webdesigntutorialz.com/non-technical/" category = "non-technical">
      <n:FirstName n:lang = "en">Stephanie</n:FirstName>

The following example below illustrates the usage of the Element Object getAttributeNS method -

<!DOCTYPE html>
         function loadXMLDoc(filename) {
            if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
               xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
            } else // code for IE5 and IE6 {
               xhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
            return xhttp.responseXML;
         xmlDoc = loadXMLDoc("/dom/node_ns.xml");
         x = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName("FirstName")[0];


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


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 the Element Object getAttributeNode Method.

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