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'null' is null or not an object error on javascript

Posted on 2008-10-07
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I've successfully set up Chat (
On Firefox and Google Chrome it works fine without errors, but with MSIE6,7 it complains:
'null' is null or not an object error on javascript , about this function

function user_active_ajax(myvar) {
      var chatusers = document.getElementById('div_chat_users');
      var currentuser = document.getElementById('div_current_user');
      //JS Logic
      var messageArray = myvar.split(',');
      var resultHTML='';

      for (var i=0; i < messageArray.length; i++) {
            resultHTML = resultHTML      + (messageArray[i]+'<br/>')
      chatusers.innerHTML = resultHTML; <------------------------------------ error line

from ajax/functions.js

Question by:tomzu
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Accepted Solution

mverschoof earned 300 total points
ID: 22658197
is the script loaded before the div (div_chat_users)? If so, it doesn't know where to place the innerHTML code

Hope this helps

Assisted Solution

priya_patil earned 200 total points
ID: 22658239
if the error line is thid than this means that
var chatusers = document.getElementById('div_chat_users'); returns null
IE7 is not able to find any div with id "div_chat_users"

Author Comment

ID: 22658548
That partly solved my problem. Is anyone willing to help more?

This is example page of chat script

If I use MSIE, after I post a message, all messages dissapear. When you post again, they show up for some time (~2sec) then dissapear again.

Author Comment

ID: 22684922
Solved by myself :)
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:David S.
ID: 22685225
For anyone who finds this later, would you please tell us what the problem turned out to be and what your solution was?

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