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how to accumulate a decimal total in jQuery / Javascript

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 $('span[id*="lblAmt"]').each(function () {
            $(this).css(
               'border', 'solid 1px green'
            );

            tot += $(this).text();
        });


alert(tot);

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I've established that it loops the appropriate number of times inside the each( ).


But the total in the ALERT is wacky.


Do I need to convert the text( ) to a decimal or something or other?


How can I accumlate values like this inside the each:

415.66
434
320.17
.17


Thank you.


Please provide working javascript.
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Question by:knowlton
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what about :
var tot = 0;
 $('span[id*="lblAmt"]').each(function () {
            $(this).css(
               'border', 'solid 1px green'
            );

            tot += $(this).text() * 1; // or tot += parseFloat( $(this).text() )
        });


alert(tot);

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by:knowlton
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Yeah...it was parseFloat that I needed, I think!

  $('span[id*="lblAmt"]').each(function () {           
            tot += parseFloat($(this).text());
        });

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alert(tot);
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Thank you.
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by:Matthew Kelly
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Here is a test script that works with your example data of strings.

Essentially we use a variety of built in Javascript functions and we are sure to initialize tot to 0:
parseFloat: http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/jsref_parsefloat.asp
Math.Round: http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/jsref_round.asp

<script type="text/javascript">
//initialize tot to 0
var tot = 0;
// array of string values
var values=new Array("415.66","434","320.17",".17");
//loop through with parseFloat
for (var i=0;i<values.length;i++)
{ 
tot += parseFloat(values[i]);
}
// round to two decimal places
tot = Math.round(tot*100)/100;
//output tot, use .toFixed(2) if you want two decimal places to always show
alert(tot);
</script>

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So for your code:

//initialize
var tot = 0;

$('span[id*="lblAmt"]').each(function () {
            $(this).css(
               'border', 'solid 1px green'
            );
            //parseFloat
            tot += parseFloat($(this).text());
        });

// round to two decimal places, use 1000 for 3 decimal places, etc. You must do this because of float values extreme decimal places.
tot = Math.round(tot*100)/100;

//output
alert(tot);

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by:leakim971
ID: 38853274
longer than * 1 but more explicit too...
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by:knowlton
ID: 38853300
matthewstevenkelly:


Thank you for this additional info!

Tom
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