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Jason Hummel

If you’d rather not play around with all that messy string concatenation when performing costly DOM manipulations, give createDocumentFragment a try.

var div = document.createElement(“div”);
div.appendChild( document.createTextNode(“Test div to be inserted 100 times”) );

var fragment = document.createDocumentFragment();

for(i = 0; i < 100; i++) { fragment.appendChild( div.cloneNode(true) );

document.getElementById(“container”).appendChild( fragment.cloneNode(true)

Amazingly the browser support for documentFragments goes back to IE6.The benefit comes from the ability to add the entire fragment DOM tree into the page DOM with one insertion – just like the method outlined in the article.