Creating tables in Internet Explorer

Posted on 2006-04-23
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I wrote the following code as a learning experiment to create a simple table using createElement and insertBefore.  The code simply creates a button which then lets you add more tables to the page.  The table appears as a simple blue box.

But I want each new table to appear next to the previous table, so if you keep clicking the create table button, new tables appear left to right.  This is how the code behaves in Firefox.  But in Internet Explorer, the tables appear vertically, as if it does not understand the "float" property.

Why does this happen in Internet Explorer, and what are some fixes?

.adboxdiv {
      float: left;
      margin: 0px 15px 15px 0px

<script language = "Javascript">

function addelement() {
      var pdiv = document.createElement("div");
      var ptable = document.createElement("table");
      var ptbody = document.createElement("tbody");
      var prow = document.createElement("tr");
      var pcell = document.createElement("td");



      document.getElementById("maincell").insertBefore(pdiv, document.getElementById('tablediv'));            


<table id = "maintable" border = "0" cellspacing = "0" cellpadding = "0" width = "100%">
<tr><td id = "maincell">

<div id = "tablediv" class = "adboxdiv"><table border = "0"><tr><td width = "100" height = "50" bgColor = =#FF0000"></td></tr></table></div>



<input type = "submit" value = "add a table" onclick = "addelement()">
<input type = "submit" value = "delete table" onclick = "removeelement()">

Question by:chsalvia
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Accepted Solution

Roonaan earned 1000 total points
ID: 16518180
Try using the className property as an extension to setAttribute("class"):

     pdiv.className = "adboxdiv"

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Expert Comment

ID: 16518187
I am not sure about the technical reasons why msIE behaves this way, but I know msIE has difficulties which some of the basic dom operations like setAttribute.


Author Comment

ID: 16518215
Thanks!  That worked nicely.  

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