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ParentNode is a raw interface and no object of this type can be created; it is implemented by Element, Document, and Doc

Trying to understand MDN docs. Came across this. Is it saying that ParentNode is a built in object/method that we have access to but we can't make our own?

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

I don't believe so, no. But I'm not sure why exactly you'd want to either. However, you can access the ParentNode of an element and set it to a variable. I've made a small example for you to show how this might be done. The style I'm using is in the head section instead of making a completely new file.

<!DOCTYPE html>
            .myClass {
                background-color: tomato;
        <div id="listDiv">
           <div class ="content">
                <h1>This is my content div!</h1>
            <div id="output">
                <ul id="myList">
                    <li>Item #1</li>
                    <li>Item #2</li>
                    <li>Item #3</li>
         <script src="testjs.js"></script> 

And here's the JavaScript:

var myParentNode = document.getElementById("myList").parentNode;
myParentNode.className ="myClass";

The console will log out the div with the id of "output" as it is the Parent node of the ul with the id "myList". I then take that variable name and assign the class to it which results in a "tomato" background color. Hope this helps! :sparkles:

Thank you Jennifer, that is a beautifully illustrated example.