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The DOMCharacterData class

(PHP 5, PHP 7, PHP 8)


Represents nodes with character data. No nodes directly correspond to this class, but other nodes do inherit from it.

Class synopsis

class DOMCharacterData extends DOMNode implements DOMChildNode {
/* Properties */
public string $data;
public readonly int $length;
/* Inherited properties */
public readonly string $nodeName;
public readonly int $nodeType;
public readonly ?DOMNode $parentNode;
public readonly ?DOMElement $parentElement;
public readonly DOMNodeList $childNodes;
public readonly ?DOMNode $firstChild;
public readonly ?DOMNode $lastChild;
public readonly ?DOMNode $previousSibling;
public readonly ?DOMNode $nextSibling;
public readonly ?DOMNamedNodeMap $attributes;
public readonly bool $isConnected;
public readonly ?DOMDocument $ownerDocument;
public readonly ?string $namespaceURI;
public string $prefix;
public readonly ?string $localName;
public readonly ?string $baseURI;
/* Methods */
public after(DOMNode|string ...$nodes): void
public appendData(string $data): true
public before(DOMNode|string ...$nodes): void
public deleteData(int $offset, int $count): bool
public insertData(int $offset, string $data): bool
public remove(): void
public replaceData(int $offset, int $count, string $data): bool
public replaceWith(DOMNode|string ...$nodes): void
public substringData(int $offset, int $count): string|false
/* Inherited methods */
public DOMNode::C14N(
    bool $exclusive = false,
    bool $withComments = false,
    ?array $xpath = null,
    ?array $nsPrefixes = null
): string|false
public DOMNode::C14NFile(
    string $uri,
    bool $exclusive = false,
    bool $withComments = false,
    ?array $xpath = null,
    ?array $nsPrefixes = null
): int|false
public DOMNode::isEqualNode(?DOMNode $otherNode): bool
public DOMNode::isSameNode(DOMNode $otherNode): bool
public DOMNode::isSupported(string $feature, string $version): bool



The contents of the node.


The length of the contents.


The next sibling element or null.


The previous sibling element or null.


Version Description
8.0.0 The nextElementSibling and previousElementSibling properties have been added.
8.0.0 DOMCharacterData implements DOMChildNode now.

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jesdisciple dot FOO at gmail dot BAR dot com
14 years ago
In case you're looking for the CDATA class to which nodes /do/ correspond, it's called DOMCdataSection (per my PHP installation) and isn't documented on Presumably, it doesn't add anything to this API.

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