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NaN error on subtraction of selectedIndex

Posted on 2006-07-13
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Why would the below code return NaN:

alert("DOES NOT WORK - RETURNS NaN:"+document.pollform.month[document.pollform.month.selectedIndex].value - 1);

if I remove the subtraction it works fine???

alert("WORKS:"+document.pollform.month[document.pollform.month.selectedIndex].value - 1);
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Roonaan earned 250 total points
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Use:

alert("DOES NOT WORK - RETURNS NaN:"+(document.pollform.month[document.pollform.month.selectedIndex].value - 1));

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by:894359
ID: 17097356
This is what is actually failing:

age.setMonth(document.pollform.month[document.pollform.month.selectedIndex].value-1);
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by:Zvonko
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Check this:

    alert("WORKS:"+(document.pollform.month.value-1))


One question for explanation: does JavaScript evaluate the statement expression from left to right or right to left?
And if it is from left to right, what number should yield this:  ""DOES NOT WORK - RETURNS NaN: 9"-1;

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by:vikrant4u2
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try using the way roonaan has suggested.

i think alert tries to evaluate the msg passed to it.

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by:Zvonko
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Your var age is NOT an Object of type: Date
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by:894359
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It is I just didn't post the whole code!

var age = new Date();
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by:Zvonko
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If one of the names, the form or the select, is wrong spelled, like it Month, or PollForm, then you get "undefined": document.pollform.month
Check twice the month select name. Is it perhaps "months"?


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by:894359
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I found the issue. it was on the getting of the dates

age.getMonth vs age.getMonth()



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by:894359
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I should have stated my question better! :(
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