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Check for Empty Elements

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Do something for each empty element found:

$('*').each(function() {
         if ($(this).text() == "") {
                   //Do Something

TRUE or FALSE if element is empty:

var emptyTest = $('#myDiv').is(':empty');


  1. Cipa
    Permalink to comment#

    This might be a bit more practical
    $(‘p,em,b,strong,span’).each(function() {
    if (jQuery.trim ($(this).text()) == “”) $(this).css(‘border’,’solid 1px red’);

  2. Jonny
    Permalink to comment#

    Hey Chris, I think you’ve missed the single quotes around :empty


  3. Junyo
    Permalink to comment#

    Not true, how about ”

    “?It’s not empty, but it hasn’t text. I think checking childNodes property is better.

    $(‘*’).each(function() {
    if (!this.childNodes.length) {
    //Do Something

  4. Junyo
    Permalink to comment#

    Contents of my previous reply in the double quotes are filtered, here it is:

  5. Kyle
    Permalink to comment#

    Thank you Cipa! I think that trim makes a difference.

  6. sankar
    Permalink to comment#

    nice …

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