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JavaScript DOM inquiry

Posted on 2007-10-11
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Hey all,

I'm just trying to learn some basic DOM manipulation with core javascript. I know how simple it is to do something like this using a library like jQuery or prototype, but for now my interests remain in obtaining results similar to these without them.  In this example, I'm looking over a book and noted how they're uppercasing all letters.  However, I can't get it to work. What kind of node should I be passing to get Node.TEXT_NODE for this to work?

here's my code:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"

<html lang="en">
      <script type="text/javascript">
      // This function recursively looks at Node n and its descendants,
      // converting all Text node data to uppercase
      function upcase(n) {
          if (n.nodeType == 3 /*Node.TEXT_NODE*/) {
              // If the node is a Text node, change its text to uppercase.
              n.data = n.data.toUpperCase();
          else {
              // If the node is not a Text node, loop through its children
              // and recursively call this function on each child.
              var kids = n.childNodes;
              for(var i = 0; i < kids.length; i++) upcase(kids[i]);
<p id="test">
      This is a test
      <button onclick="upcase('test')">UpperCase it up!</button>
Question by:stevefNYC
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Accepted Solution

basicinstinct earned 2000 total points
ID: 20062680
call it like this:

<button onclick="upcase(document.body)">UpperCase it up!</button>

Author Comment

ID: 20062693
Dang, you know how I tested it at one point. I used:

<button onclick="upcase('document')">UpperCase it up!</button>

Had the right idea, but passing it as a string doesn't work. :-(

Thank you though for the help.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20062698
I think you just need to actually get the node, not pass in the string 'test' to your function call.

      <button onclick="upcase(document.getElementById('test'))">UpperCase it up!</button>
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Expert Comment

ID: 20062699
no problem - at least you'll never forget it now...

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