outerHTML in Firefox

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outerHTML in Firefox


Now this is different, eh? A post on JavaScript instead of .NET! This is a little trick I came up with to add outerHTML functionality in Firefox. For those who aren’t familiar with outerHTML, it is an IE addition to the DOM that will return the element’s HTML PLUS it’s innerHTML. Is it really needed? No, but it can help with debugging sometimes. Here’s the code:

if (document.body.__defineGetter__) {
  if (HTMLElement) {
    var element = HTMLElement.prototype
    if (element.__defineGetter__) {
      element.__defineGetter__('outerHTML', function () {
        var parent = this.parentNode
        var el = document.createElement(parent.tagName)
        var shtml = el.innerHTML
        return shtml

This entire thing revolves around the __defineGetter__ method off of objects. To be honest, I don’t know if it is standard JavaScript or if it is just a Mozilla extension. It makes extending the DOM a lot easier, though. I probably wouldn’t trust this in a production environment, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it for testing.