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IE8 stripping ID attributes, huh?

Posted on 2011-09-08
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When using jQuery to insert HTML into a div in IE8, IE8 strips the ID tags and certain class names in the HTML.

Here is a sample. I am inserting this code using jQuery (1.6.2)
    var oblSomeoneElseHTML = 
    '<div id="oblSomeoneElse">' +
    '  <h2>Enter the name and email of a person you\'d like<br/>to purchase a registration for:</h2>'+
    '<form class="voucher_form" id="voucher_form">'+
    '  <div class="inputrow"><label class="l1">Student Alliance Member #:</label> <input type="text" id="customer_id" name="customer_id" class="oblSomeoneElseCustID"/></div><br>'+
    '  <div class="inputrow"><label class="l1">Student First Name:<em>*</em></label> <input type="text" id="firstname" name="firstname" class="validate[required] oblSomeoneElseFirstName"/></div><br>'+
    '  <div class="inputrow"><label class="l1">Student Last Name:<em>*</em></label> <input type="text" id="lastname" name="lastname" class="validate[required] oblSomeoneElseLastName"/></div><br>'+
    '  <div class="inputrow"><label class="l1">Student Date of Birth:<em>*</em></label> <input type="text" id="DOB" name="DOB" class="validate[required,custom[MMDDYYYY]] oblSomeoneElseDOB"/></div><br>'+
    '  <div class="inputrow"><label class="l1">Student Email:<em>*</em></label> <input type="text" id="SomeoneElseEmail" name="SomeoneElseEmail" class="validate[required,custom[email] oblSomeoneElseEmail"/></div><br>'+
    '  <a href="#" class="btn btncenter oblsomeoneelsenext">Next</a>'+
    '  <div class="spinner"><img src="/images/grey_spinner.gif"></div>'+
    '</form>'+
    '<img src="/images/blank.gif" width="20" height="20" alt="" border="0" style="position: relative; left: 5px; cursor: pointer;" onclick="clearPrompts();">'+
    '</div>';
    
      $('#sm_content .oblcontent').html(oblSomeoneElseHTML);

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Now, when I am debugging the validation of the DOB input and view the value of oblSomeoneElseHTML in the Watch window, it shows the ID and the correct class attributes.
I am using validationEngine plugin to validate this form and it REQUIRES the ID tag to work.
    <input type="text" id="DOB" name="DOB" class="validate[required,custom[MMDDYYYY]] oblSomeoneElseDOB"/></div>

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But, when I debug into the validationEngine code, this, in the _getPrompt() function:
     var className = field.attr("id").replace(":","_") + "formError";

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returns this error:
    'attr(...)' is null or not an object

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When I evaluate the field object, I see no id value and I see only class oblSomeoneElseDOB.

I am at a loss as to what is happening here and why this is only happening in IE8. IE7 and IE9 work perfectly, FF and Chrome and Opera work perfectly, too.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?
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Question by:EddieShipman
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by:gurvinder372
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can you confirm it the 'field' refers to the same field only?
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by:EddieShipman
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Not sure what you are talking about. I put a breakpoint in the javascript file in the debugger, when the validationEngine fires validation for that field, it stopped at the breakpoint so yes, it would be the correct field.
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by:EddieShipman
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OK, I've narrowed it down to the process of assigning the code to the div. In the original, we had the div in an included file and not generated like above. I reverted back to that and it works in IE8, somewhat.

The only problem that I am observing now is that when the error prompt position is being calculated, the call to field.width() is returning 0 and this makes the prompt show off screen. I have only observed this problem in IE8 as the other browsers have no problem with it. The form is a popup form and this may also have something to do with it because we are using the same validator in another form that is not a popup window and the prompts show just fine.

I've tried dozens of things to get the width of that input to no avail.
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gurvinder372 earned 500 total points
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I found this link, giving some logical reason for it
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1186258/css-div-width-in-ie8

have you specified doctype?
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by:EddieShipman
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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

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by:EddieShipman
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Decided to go another route due to the lack of solutions.
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