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outerHTML jQuery Plugin

innerHTML() is native and returns the contents of a DOM node (e.g. <span>I live inside a div.</span>. outerHTML() is not, which would include the current DOM node (e.g. <div><span>I live inside a div.</span></div>). This is a chain-able jQuery version of doing that.

$.fn.outerHTML = function(){
 
    // IE, Chrome & Safari will comply with the non-standard outerHTML, all others (FF) will have a fall-back for cloning
    return (!this.length) ? this : (this[0].outerHTML || (
      function(el){
          var div = document.createElement('div');
          div.appendChild(el.cloneNode(true));
          var contents = div.innerHTML;
          div = null;
          return contents;
    })(this[0]));
 
}
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