Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Javascript Array from getElementsByTagName is LIVE!

The array returned by getElementsByTagName() function is LIVE!

What I mean by LIVE is that as you traverse the array and invoke changes to the DOM, the items in the array itself can change automatically! Here's an example:

var inputEls = divEl.getElementsByTagName('input');
for (var j=0; j < inputEls.length; j++) {
alert('inputEls length='+inputEls.length);
var inputEl = inputEls[j];

What you'll actually see is that the length of the array automatically decreases with each iteration because I am removing those elements from the DOM.

To work around this issue I had to traverse the array backwards:

for(var i=inputEls.length-1;i>=0; i--) {


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