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Issue #214  (lastModified, Front-end Frameworks, Content, Git/GitHub)

The Document object of a web page has a boatload of properties you can access, including many now obsolete or deprecated features. One interesting one is the lastModified property.

This one is not obsolete, but it's probably not going to come in handy except in some very specific circumstances. This is mainly because it doesn't work in all cases.

console.log( document.lastModified );
// "08/24/2017 04:56:32"

You can see from the syntax that the output will be a string containing a date and time that represents when the document was last modified. According to the HTML5 spec, the value must be "the date and time of the Document's source file's last modification, in the user's local time zone." The spec also says that if the last modification date is not known, it returns the current date and time.

You can test this out by visiting any web page and entering document.lastModified in the browser's developer tools console. Try it on different types of sites — WordPress blogs, static pages, etc.

A static page will display the last time the page was actually modified (which could be years ago) while I've noticed that any page that renders using a server-side language like PHP will simply display the current date and time. So most pages will likely not allow you to use this property.

More info on this feature on MDN and in this Stack Overflow thread.

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