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I need to achieve the following in JQuery please, but am struggling...


Within the table that has an ID called 'complevels'
Select all the text inputs that have an ID value ending with 'newlevel', but only the inputs with an empty value (e.g. blank)
Set the value of those text inputs to that contained in the 'level' variable

So far I have the following but it is failing to find the text inputs...

 
var level = '50';
// $("input[id$='newlevel']").val(level); // works

$("#complevels > input[id$='newlevel']").val(level); // fails

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by:gurvinder372
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$("#complevels > input[type='text'][id$='newlevel'][value!='']").each(function(){
$(this).value(level);
});

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by:Rouchie
ID: 33670761
Hi gurvinder372

I get a javascript error:

     Warning: Unexpected token in attribute selector: '!'.  Dangling combinator.
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by:gurvinder372
gurvinder372 earned 125 total points
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what about?


$("#complevels > input[type='text'][id$='newlevel']").each(function(){
if( $(this).value() != null && $(this).value().length > 0 )
{
  $(this).value(level);
}
});

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by:kadaba
ID: 33671229
It would be hierarchical in nature so..

<html>
	<head>
		<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js"></script>
		<script type="text/javascript">
		$(document).ready(function(){
			var level="changed";
			$("#complevels > tbody > tr > td > input[id$='newlevel']").each(function(){
				if($(this).val() == '')
					$(this).val(level);
			});
		});
		</script>
		<style>
		.col{
			background-color:red;
		}		
		</style>
	</head>
	<body>
		<table id="complevels" border="1">
			<tr>
			<td>
				<input type="text" id="1_newlevel">
			</td>
			</tr>
			<tr>
			<td>
				<input type="text" id="2_newlevel" value="hello">
			</td>
			</tr>
			<tr>
			<td>
				<input type="text" id="check">
			</td>
			</tr>
			<tr>
			<td>
				<input type="text" id="4_newlevel" value="world">
			</td>
			</tr>
			<tr>
			<td>
				<input type="text" id="5_newlevel">
			</td>
			</tr>
		</table>
	</body>
</html>

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by:Rouchie
ID: 33671374
Your example works great, but I just cannot get this working inside my page.  When I press the button to fire the function, nothing happens - no errors, no alerts...

Does something need changing to put your function inside my existing function?
<script type="text/javascript">
function CopyLevels(startBox){
		var startboxid = '#' + startBox;
		var level = $(startboxid).val();
		if (level=='' || level==undefined || isNaN(level)) {
			window.alert('Please enter a valid number before pressing the Copy button!');
			return false;
		}
		$("#complevels > input[type='text'][id$='newlevel']").each(function(){
				window.alert('Hello');
				$(this).val(level);
		});
}
</script>

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by:kadaba
kadaba earned 125 total points
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Rou,

This needs to be chaged:
$("#complevels > input[type='text'][id$='newlevel']")

> selector is used in hierarchical manner so if that is the table id then you should follow what i have mentioned in the example before.
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by:gurvinder372
ID: 33671529
<< When I press the button to fire the function, nothing happens - no errors, no alerts...>>
So you call CopyLevels method at the onclick event of that button. Please put an alert directly after the level value is fetched from the id and let me know the result
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StealthyDev earned 250 total points
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Hi, I would like to add this:

$("#complevels").find("input[type='text'][id$='newlevel']").val(level);
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by:Rouchie
ID: 33671742
Fantastic!

Based on all your suggestions, I have successfully implemented the following solution...

$("#complevels").find("input[type='text'][id$='newlevel']").each(function(){
			if ($(this).val() == '') {
					$(this).val(level);
			}
		});

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by:kadaba
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Rou,
Thanks for the points.

Just a note:
The find selector is much slower then the direct child selectors (Though in milliseconds, find searches all the DOM elements under the root.)

Best,
kadaba
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by:StealthyDev
ID: 33671891
Thanks for the points..

BTW..... Instead of the loop, you can use this also:
$("#complevels").find("input[type='text'][id$='newlevel'][value='']").val(level);

Regards.
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by:kadaba
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pandi,

I do not think it would work well with Mozilla, as it would look for the attribute value..

kadaba.
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by:StealthyDev
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@kadaba:

No, its working fine with firefox also.. Give a look at this:
<SCRIPT src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.4.2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></SCRIPT>

<script>
	fill = function(){
		var level = '50';
		$("#complevels").find("input[type='text'][id$='newlevel'][value='']").val(level);
	}
</script>

<table id="complevels">
	<tr><td>
		<input id="testnewlevel" />
		<input id="test2newle1vel" />
		<input id="test3newlevel" />
		<input id="test4newlevel" />
	</td></tr>
	<tr><td>
		<input id="test1newle1vel" />
		<input id="test12newle1vel" />
		<input id="test13newlevel" />
		<input id="test14newlevel" />
	</td></tr>
</table>
<button onclick="fill()">fill</button>

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