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Can't access style properties of DIVs inside JavaScript loop

Posted on 2000-05-03
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
I can access any DIV tag (to make a style property change) by hard coding the ID of that tag but I want to make the ID dynamic and that's where the trouble starts. My approach is to put the ID values into an array and loop over the array to generate the style switching statements. But I get an error that says style is not an object.

The code is below. The hideAll() function works with the hardcoded ID. You can run it to see the effect I'm trying to achieve. The HideAll() function is the one that uses the dynamic ID but it doesn't work. If you can give me code that works in both IE and Netscape I'd be really happy but I'll take an IE only solution if you can give it.


      <title>Javascript Arrays, DOM and Stylesheets</title>
      <script language="JavaScript">
            // an array for the HideAll() function
            aSections=new Array();

      <script language="JavaScript">
            function showhide_section(section_to_show) {
              if (section_to_show.style.visibility == "") {
                section_to_show.style.visibility = "hidden";
              } else {
                  section_to_show.style.visibility = "";
            function hideAll(aSections) {
                  Section_1.style.visibility = "hidden";
                  Section_2.style.visibility = "hidden";
                  Section_3.style.visibility = "hidden";
            function HideAll(aMyArray) {
                  for (i=0; i<aMyArray.length; i++) {
                        aMyArray[i].style.visibility = "hidden";
                        //document.write (aMyArray[i] + "<br>"); // debugging

<span class=CategoryNavigator style="cursor: hand;" onclick="showhide_section(Section_1)">
Show Marketing
<span class=CategoryNavigator style="cursor: hand;" onclick="showhide_section(Section_2)">
Show Sales
<span class=CategoryNavigator style="cursor: hand;" onclick="showhide_section(Section_3)">
Show HR


<h1 ID=Section_1 STYLE="position:absolute; visibility: hidden;">Marketing</h1>
<h1 ID=Section_2 STYLE="position:absolute; visibility: hidden;">Sales</h1>
<h1 ID=Section_3 STYLE="position:absolute; visibility: hidden;">Human Resources</h1>

Question by:rod_nolan
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Accepted Solution

pauljk earned 150 total points
ID: 2775325

function HideAll(aMyArray) {
for (i=0; i<aMyArray.length; i++) {
eval(aMyArray[i]+'.style.visibility = "hidden";)

Also...  Netscape and IE do not use the same methods to access the style object.  See example.
      if (navigator.appName=="Netscape")
      if(status==1) eval(layerRef +'["' + menuName + '"]'+styleSwitch+'.visibility="visible"');
            else eval(layerRef +'["' + menuName + '"]'+styleSwitch+'.visibility="hidden"');

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ID: 2777765
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Author Comment

ID: 2777766
Thanks Paul, that did it! I knew it was something simple but I've been working on this one for a while so I'm glad to finally see it work. Thanks, again.


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