View Full Version : can't get 'nextSibling' to work

01-19-2005, 07:48 AM
This works for me in IE6, but not FF1.0:

(Alert! This question is cross posted here :
but an answer doesn't seem to be forthcoming.)

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<div id="d1">text1</div>
<div id="d2">text2</div>


01-19-2005, 08:57 AM
It will work in Moz also if you remove the empty space like this:

<div id="d1">text1</div><div id="d2">text2</div>

The problem is that Moz (otherwise a correct interpretation) sees the possible textNode (even if an empty space)as the nextSibling, not the next <div> (as IE does)

Search the Forum for a code (I remeber I've seen it somewere) to "remove" empty spaces for Moz.

Or use the reference by tag name rather than firstChild or nextSibling...

01-19-2005, 12:12 PM
Someone on the other forum posted what the problem was: Moz sees a carriage return between two <divs> like this:

<div>some text</div>(invisible carriage return)
<div>other text</div>

so the nextSibling of the first <div> is a text node containing the invisible carriage return, which is a pretty ridiculous implementation in my opinion.

01-19-2005, 12:29 PM
it is the same thing as I said, but in other words. No, it is not really a silly implementation, it is an exact implementation of w3c recomandations. Moz keeps the ideea that before each tag child of a parent may be inserted a textNode, thus the order is


This case, you see that parent.firstChild is the textNode0, not the tagChild0, even if the textNode is empty (in fact an empty space) . The same with parent.tagChild0.nextSibling, which is textNode1, not tagChild1, even if the textNode is empty.

01-19-2005, 03:34 PM
Spurious text node generation preserves indentation in the DOM representation. Try serializing a DOM in IE, then do the same thing in Mozilla. You'll notice Mozilla's is actually readable.

01-19-2005, 05:14 PM
Here's the code to get rid of them, if you need to -- http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=7028http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=7028

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