The NodeFilter.acceptNode() method returns an unsigned short that will be used to tell if a given Node must be accepted or not by the NodeIterator or TreeWalker iteration algorithm. This method is expected to be written by the user of a NodeFilter. Possible return values are:

Constant Description
NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT Value returned by the NodeFilter.acceptNode() method when a node should be accepted.
NodeFilter.FILTER_REJECT Value to be returned by the NodeFilter.acceptNode() method when a node should be rejected. The children of rejected nodes are not visited by the NodeIterator or TreeWalker object; this value is treated as "skip this node and all its children".
NodeFilter.FILTER_SKIP Value to be returned by NodeFilter.acceptNode() for nodes to be skipped by the NodeIterator or TreeWalker object. The children of skipped nodes are still considered. This is treated as "skip this node but not its children".

The function should return NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT, which causes the TreeWalker to return the node, NodeFilter.FILTER_REJECT, which causes the TreeWalker to ignore the entire subtree, or NodeFilter.FILTER_SKIP.

The browser doesn't provide any object implementing this method. It is the user who is expected to write an object implementing the NodeFilter interface, tailoring the acceptNode() method to its needs, and using it with some TreeWalker or NodeIterator objects.


result = nodeFilter.acceptNode(node)


Is a Node being the object to check against the filter.


var nodeIterator = document.createNodeIterator(
  // Node to use as root

  // Only consider nodes that are text nodes (nodeType 3)

  // Object containing the function to use for the acceptNode method
  // of the NodeFilter
    { acceptNode: function(node) {
      // Logic to determine whether to accept, reject or skip node
      // In this case, only accept nodes that have content
      // other than whitespace
      if ( ! /^\s*$/.test(node.data) ) {
        return NodeFilter.FILTER_ACCEPT;

// Show the content of every non-empty text node that is a child of root
var node;

while ((node = iterator.nextNode())) {


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1 12 2 9 9 3
Android webview Chrome for Android Edge Mobile Firefox for Android Opera for Android iOS Safari Samsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes 4 9 3 Yes

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