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JavaScript / XPath - get preceding sibling element

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JustMike
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In this short article we would like to show how to find using XPath, preceding sibling element reference in JavaScript.

In below example we are looking for preceding slibling (/preceding-sibling::input) that occurs as previous of any label element and contains Visible text inside (//label[text()='Visible']).

Quic solution:

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
<body>
  <div id="element">
    <label>
      <input type="checkbox" checked />
      <span>Visible</span>
    </label>
  </div>
  <script>
    
    var element = document.querySelector('#element');

    var result = document.evaluate("//span[text()='Visible']/preceding-sibling::input", element);
    var checkbox = result.iterateNext();

    if (checkbox) {
      console.log(checkbox.checked);
    }
    
  </script>
</body>
</html>

 

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