Elements out of scope in Javascript?

So here's my problem: When I use the javascript document.write() statement to write html to a page, it works fun and good and I can do stuff like

for(i = 0, i < rows, i++)



for(j = 0, j < columns, j++)






Now I just give it variables and it creates a dynamic table, right? Great.

But when I write something dynamically like that, and specify its "id" attribute, it's inaccessible. For instance, suppose the line:


instead read:

document.write("<td id=\""+i+""+j+"\"></td>");

Now I would expect each cell to have an id like, 00, 01, 02, 03... until I reach the last row/column pair.

While this seems to work, if I try to get at that element using javascript functions like this:

var cell = document.getElementById("00");

always ends up returning null

Why is this? What am I doing wrong, and why is it working this way.

Here is another simple example where I get null values for elements by id:



<script type="text/javascript">


function cell()


document.writeln("In cell()");

var tbl =document.getElementById("myTable");

document.writeln("myTable: "+tbl);

tbl.bgColor = document.getElementById("selBox").selectedIndex.text;





<script type="text/javascript">


document.write("<table id=\"myTable\" border=\"1\"><tr><td>cell 1</td><td>cell 2</td></tr><tr><td>cell 3</td><td>cell 4</td></tr></table>");

document.write("<br />");

document.write("<select id=\"selBox\" onclick=\"cell()\" value=\"Alert first cell\"><option>Blue</option></select>");




Please let me know what I'm doing wrong, and why it doesn't work like I expect. Thanks

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    I think to use the DOM hierarchy to add tags in place then the

    document.getElementById() method would work fine

    try out this link it has a small tutorial


  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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