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JavaScript/CSS Not Working in NN

 10:28 am on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Can any one provide a solution to make to below code working in Netscape also.It works fine in IE but in Netscape it gives java script error StylAsset not found.

<script type="text/javascript">
function validate()
if (at == -1)
StylAsset.style.display = "block";
return false


<form name="myForm"
onsubmit="return validate()">
Enter your E-mail address:
<input type="text" name="myEmail">
<input type="submit" value="Send input">

<SPAN ID=StylAsset Style="display:none;">
<font size=2 color=red> Please enter text!


Thanks in advance ,



 10:38 am on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Looks like some kind of JS issue?

Perhaps you could explain what the problem is?




 10:54 am on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

StylAsset.style.display = "block";
this line sets the span visible if validation fails.

StylAsset is the SPAN ID in HTML.
In netscape gives error that StylAsset not accessible.

But in IE it works.

I think the problem is placing the script in right place.

Could you help me how to achieve this.

Thanks in advance ,
Abdul Raheem .S


 11:36 am on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Change this line:

StylAsset.style.display = "block";

to this:

document.getElementById('StylAsset').style.display = "block";

Works in all modern browsers, AFAIK.

(PS - the font tag should be closed)


 12:01 pm on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your valuable reply.

But it gives error message,
JavaScript Error:
file:/C¦/WINNT/Profiles/raheems/Desktop/New HTML
Document.htm, line 15:

document.getElementById is not a function.

Could you please help me?


 12:37 pm on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Which netscape? Doesn't NS4 use document.layer instead of elementbyID?

If that is the case, and I've remembered correctly, then a simple function to check whether the browser has a object called document.layer(s?) or getelementbyID ought to work, right?

Javascript isn't my fortaaaay.


 8:37 pm on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you need NN4 support you'll need to rethink the approach. In NN4, if the display attribute is initially set to "none", then it cannot be addressed dynamically. You're just stuck with an element that is not rendered on screen.

You can try working with the visibility property and adding in some object testing to make sure each browser version gets the code it needs. Or perhaps just have your validate() function trigger an alert box when its tests fail. But you can't dynamically change the display attribute in Netscape 4. It's a well documented bug.


 4:23 am on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think the span element can't be set to display block.
It absolutely, positively must be an inline element.
It just won't accept the block style property.

(Unlike div which can be set to inline.)
how about a div that gets set to display: inline, instead?

This might be the source of the problem, I've run into it before.


 5:36 am on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think you're right - <div> and <span> were conceived of as a pair, where <div> is block and <span> is inline. I've never tried it but I'll bet you can't make a div display inline either!

W3C Reference [w3.org]


 3:13 pm on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

No, actually you can make a div inline. You just can't make a span block.

I looked up the HTML spec last night after I posted and it seemed to support what I said. (Reading specs can be frustrating.)

The div was conceived as a container element for both inline and block elements but the span can only contain other inline elements.


 3:52 pm on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I can't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to change div -> inline and/or span -> block (I also can't think of any reasons why you would want to :-))I've just tried the following code:

<span id="plop" style="display:block;border: 1px solid green">span - block</span>
<div id="poo" style="display:inline;border: 1px solid green">div - inline</div>
<span id="plop" style="display:inline;border: 1px solid green">span - inline</span>
<div id="poo" style="display:block;border: 1px solid green">div - block</div>

...and it works a treat in IE and NN6, which browser wasn't allowing you to do this?

(PS - I also tested changing the display property using script and this worked ok too)


 8:37 pm on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

The following definitely works but if NN4 is the issue, I don't know what to tell you to do except ignore NN4!

function validate() {
var x = document.myForm
var at = x.myEmail.value.indexOf("@")
if (at == -1) {
document.getElementById('StylAsset').style.display = 'block';
return false;
Or, how about a pop-up alert instead of the red text thing?
Much better if you ask me. Works fine in NN4.7.

function validate() {
var x = document.myForm
var at = x.myEmail.value.indexOf("@")
if (at == -1) {
alert('Invalid format of email address.\n Please re-enter it.')
return false;


 9:32 pm on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

The div was conceived as a container element for both inline and block elements

Right - and an inline element cannot contain a block element, so changing a <div> to inline could make trouble.

A related example - lots of common errors result when people forget that <p> is a block element and then try to put paragraph tags inside an inline element, like <strong>


 11:42 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all your valuable suggestions.
But here problem is not with span or div.
It's getting the span or div tag id in the JS to change the value dynamically in NN4.7 .

So, If any of have good idea other than alert message to display error message welcome.

Thanks in advance,
Abdul Raheem .S


 11:52 am on Apr 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi Sartn,

Sorry, we often get sidetracked! I'm confident to say there is NO WAY to change the contents of a span tag in NN4.7, it's a real dinosaur when it comes to DOM manipulation.

ASP.NET considers NN4.7 a 'down-level' browser for this very reason and has to go off to server to change the page.

You may be able to do something with layers (I stopped playing with Script in NN4 a looooooooong time ago) but I think your best bet (if you don't want to use an alert) is a postback to server to rebuild the page with your "Enter Value" message.

Best of luck,


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