:parent Selector in JQuery



version added: 1.0jQuery(‘:parent’)

This is the inverse of :empty.

One important thing to note regarding the use of :parent (and :empty) is that child elements include text nodes.

The W3C recommends that the <p> element have at least one child node, even if that child is merely text (see http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#edef-P). Some other elements, on the other hand, are empty (i.e. have no children) by definition: <input>, <img>, <br>, and <hr>, for example.


Finds all tds with children, including text.

<!DOCTYPE html>
  td { width:40px; background:green; }
  <script src="/scripts/jquery-1.4.js"></script>
	<table border="1">

  <tr><td>Value 1</td><td></td></tr>
  <tr><td>Value 2</td><td></td></tr>

<script>$("td:parent").fadeTo(1500, 0.3);</script>

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