instance method Element#readAttribute

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Element#readAttribute(attributeName) → String | null

Returns the value of element's attribute or null if attribute has not been specified.

This method serves two purposes. First it acts as a simple wrapper around getAttribute which isn't a "real" function in Safari and Internet Explorer (it doesn't have .apply or .call for instance). Secondly, it cleans up the horrible mess Internet Explorer makes when handling attributes.

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This method can be called either as an instance method or as a generic method. If calling as a generic, pass the instance in as the first argument.