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jQuery - parents( [selector] ) Method


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Description:

The parents( [selector] ) method gets a set of elements containing the unique ancestors of the matched set of elements except for the root element.

Syntax:

Here is the simple syntax to use this method:

selector.parents( [selector] )

Parameters:

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

  • selector: This is optional selector to filter the ancestors with.

Example:

Following is a simple example a simple showing the usage of this method. Try this example by passing parent selector like ".top".

<html>
<head>
<title>the title</title>
   <script type="text/javascript" 
   src="/jquery/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>
   <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">

     $(document).ready(function(){
       var parentEls = $("p").parents()
                             .map(function () { 
                                   return this.tagName; 
                             }).get().join(", ");
        $("b").append("<strong>" + parentEls + "</strong>");
     });

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

</head>
<body>
      <scan>Top Element</scan>
     <div>
        <div class="top">Top division            
            <p class="first">First Sibling</p>
            <scan>Second sibling</scan>
            <p class="third">Third sibling</p>
        </div>
       <b>My parents are: </b>
    <div>
</body>
</html>

This would generate following result.

<html>
<head>
<title>the title</title>
   <script type="text/javascript" 
   src="/jquery/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>
   <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">

     $(document).ready(function(){
       var parentEls = $("p").parents()
                             .map(function () { 
                                   return this.tagName; 
                             }).get().join(", ");
        $("b").append("<strong>" + parentEls + "</strong>");
     });

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

</head>
<body>
      <scan>Top Element</scan>
     <div>
        <div class="top">Top division            
            <p class="first">First Sibling</p>
            <scan>Second sibling</scan>
            <p class="third">Third sibling</p>
        </div>
       <b>My parents are: DIV, DIV, BODY, HTML</b>
    <div>
</body>
</html>

To understand it in better way you can Try it yourself.



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