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`:notext` is an alternative to the `:empty` selector for jQuery. Elements consisting exclusively of an amount of whitespace or HTML comments will be returned.
jQuery's ':empty' selector only returns true if the element contains no text node, or whose text node consists exclusively of zero or more spaces and tabs. This ':notext' selector will return true for elements whose text nodes can also contain line breaks (any whitespace character) and HTML comments.
$.expr[':'].notext = function detectNoText(x){
return x.innerHTML && x.innerHTML.replace(/(<!--.*(?!-->))|\s+/g, '').length === 0

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pegasuspect commented Dec 19, 2015

A must-have in jQuery! Thanks for the code.

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