node for ease of reference. For example:
var node = document.getElementById('example');
Or with jQuery:
var node = $('#example').get(0);
Technically this is an
object primitive, but defining such objects as a
node allows the documentation to be much more succinct.
Where a parameter is shown as accepting a node type, or a method returning an node type, it indicates that an object is expect / returned which refers to a DOM element.
node refers to the native DOM element, not a jQuery object containing the element. Many DataTables methods will accept both a
node and a
jQuery instance, but this isn't always the case, particularly when considering returned values.