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Can I read the tags associated with an element on the web page?

 
Vasudhaiv Naresh
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Hi,
I was just wondering if there's any way where I can read the HTML tags associated with an element.
My requirement is as follows:
1. I have a web page.
2. I would click on some element in the web page, say a text field.
3. I would want to retrieve the HTML definition of the element.

I know there are tools like FireBug using which we can manually retrieve the information. I'm looking for someway where I write a script which lets me retrieve the tag info on click.

Thanks,
Naresh
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What do you mean when you say "HTML Definition"?
 
Vasudhaiv Naresh
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What I'm looking for is an application where in, if I do a click on any field of some web page, I would want to get the information of how it has been defined in the DOM.
i.e., For ex: if I click on some "button", what i'm looking for is the HTML tag which describes this element, i.e, "<input type="button"...>" in this case.
 
Vasudhaiv Naresh
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To be precise what i'm looking for a DOM inspector API.
Is there any such API available?
 
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That information is not stored anywhere. You'd need to inspect the properties and attributes of the DOM element and recreate the markup yourself.
 
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