jQuery - prev( [selector] ) method


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Description:

The prev( [selector] ) method gets the immediately preceding sibling of each element in the set of matched elements, optionally filtered by a selector.

Syntax:

Here is the simple syntax to use this method:

selector.prev( [selector] )

Parameters:

Here is the description of all the parameters used by this method:

  • selector: This is optional selector to filter the previous Elements with.

Example:

Following is a simple example a simple showing the usage of this method. Try this example without passing selector in prev() method:

<html>
<head>
<title>The jQuery Example</title>
   <script type="text/javascript" 
   src="jquery-2.1.3.min.js"></script>
   <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">

     $(document).ready(function(){
       $("p").prev(".selected").addClass("hilight");
     });

  </script>
  <style>
      .hilight { background:yellow; }
  </style>

</head>
<body>
  <div><span>Hello</span></div>
  <p class="selected">Hello Again</p>
  <p>And Again</p>
</body>
</html>

This would generate following result.

<html>
<head>
<title>The jQuery Example</title>
   <script type="text/javascript" 
   src="jquery-2.1.3.min.js"></script>
   <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">

     $(document).ready(function(){
       $("p").next(".selected").addClass("hilight");
     });

  </script>
  <style>
      .hilight { background:yellow; }
  </style>

</head>
<body>
  <div><span>Hello</span></div>
  <p class="hilight">Hello Again</p>
  <p>And Again</p>
</body>
</html>