previousSibling property on the target element. This property returns the previous sibling node of the current element as an object. We can then access the properties and methods of this object to modify the sibling element as desired.
It’s important to note that the previousSibling property returns all types of nodes, including text nodes, comments, and whitespace. To ensure that we select only the previous sibling element, we can use the
previousElementSibling property instead. This property returns the previous sibling element node only and excludes other types of nodes.
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Each HTML element in the webpage is represented as a node in the DOM tree. These nodes have relationships with each other, represented by parent-child and sibling relationships.
The parent-child relationship is defined by an element containing other child elements within it. For example, a `
` element would have a parent-child relationship between the `
Sibling relationships are defined by elements that share a common parent. For example, two `
` elements inside a `
To select the previous sibling of an element, you can use the following code:
let prev = element.previousSibling;
Once you have selected the previous sibling element, you may manipulate it using various properties and methods. For example, you can change its text content using the
textContent property, as shown below:
prev.textContent = "New text content";
Similarly, you can change its HTML using the
innerHTML property or modify its CSS using the
It is important to note that the
previousSibling property can return whitespace or comments as well, so it is often necessary to check the node type before manipulating the element.
Some real-world examples of where the previous sibling method might be useful include:
- Creating an accordion-style menu where clicking on a heading expands or collapses a section below it. By using the previous sibling method, you can access the content of the section and hide or show it as needed.
- Highlighting a list item when it is clicked. By using the previous sibling method to access the previous item in the list, you can remove the highlight from that item before applying it to the clicked item.
- Building a form that displays validation errors when a user submits it. By using the previous sibling method to target the error message element, you can display a message next to the field that failed validation.
- Always double-check your target element: before using the previous sibling method, make sure you have correctly identified the element you want to target. This will help you avoid selecting the wrong element, which can cause unexpected behavior in your code.
- Use the right syntax: when using the previous sibling method, you’ll need to be sure you’re using the correct syntax. Remember that the method is case-sensitive, so make sure you use the correct capitalization when calling it.
One such alternative is using the
previousElementSibling property. This property returns the previous sibling element, skipping over any text nodes or other non-element nodes that may be present. Similarly, the
nextElementSibling property can be used to access the next sibling element.
Another way to traverse the DOM tree and access siblings is by using the
parentNode property in combination with the
children property. The
children property returns an array-like object of all child elements of a parent element. By looping through this array, you can access and manipulate each child element as necessary.
querySelectorAll method can also be used to select multiple elements in the DOM tree. This method requires a CSS selector as its argument and returns a NodeList of matched elements. From here, you can access and manipulate any element in the list, including sibling elements.