html javascript change value of cell based on contents of another cell

Posted on 2013-12-13
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Last Modified: 2013-12-13

I have an html table which is populated with data from a source that we can't edit.  So, any changes we make need to be when the page loads using javascript.

Let's say I have a table which contains the following rows

<table id=animals>
  <td class=td1 id=status>Available</td>
  <td class=td1 id=sub>Horse</td>
  <td class=td1 id=status>Available</td>
  <td class=td1 id=sub>Donkey</td>

 Where the content of the table cell with id=sub is "Donkey", I want the status field to say "unavailable" instead of "available".  If the content of the field is anything other than "Donkey" the status field should remain unchanged.
 How can this be achieved with javascript given that it has to work on a row by row basis?
Question by:yelbow
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Expert Comment

ID: 39717814
First of all, you cannot have two objects on the same page with the same id.
Secondly, how are you populating your data table?  What data source are you reading from? Why not just set the correct value when you populate the table?

Author Comment

ID: 39717825
It comes from a 3rd party app, the only part of it which we can edit is the resulting html.  So, we inherit it like this and can only amend the data at that point.

Expert Comment

ID: 39717831
Does the third party app create the table for you including the duplicate id?  If so, I would go back to them and let them know they have a basic HTML issue.  With that data structure, how will you tell one id=sub from another to make the change?
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ID: 39717838
Test page : http://jsfiddle.net/PAN56/

function changeStatusFor(content_to_search, newStatus) {
    var animals_table = document.getElementById("animals");
    var cells = animals_table.getElementsByTagName("td");
    var number_of_cells = cells.length;
    for(var i=0;i<number_of_cells;i++) {
        var cell = cells[i];
        var cell_content = cell.innerHTML;
        if(cell_content == content_to_search) {
            var row = cell.parentNode;
            var cell_status = row.getElementsByTagName("td")[0];
            cell_status.innerHTML = newStatus; 

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Author Comment

ID: 39717839
They do, but we can amend that too (though I will mention it to them).

If they had unique IDs would it be possible?

What if the fields had no ID at all?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39717867

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