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Creates a new Text node. This method can be used to escape HTML characters.

Syntax

var text = document.createTextNode(data);
  • text is a Text node.
  • data is a string containing the data to be put in the text node.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<title>createTextNode example</title>
<script>
function addTextNode(text) {
  var newtext = document.createTextNode(text),
      p1 = document.getElementById("p1");

  p1.appendChild(newtext);
}
</script>
</head>

<body>
  <button onclick="addTextNode('YES! ');">YES!</button>
  <button onclick="addTextNode('NO! ');">NO!</button>
  <button onclick="addTextNode('WE CAN! ');">WE CAN!</button>

  <hr />

  <p id="p1">First line of paragraph.</p>
</body>
</html>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'Document: createTextNode' in that specification.
Living Standard  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
createTextNodeChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android ?

Legend

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