Leahcim Leahcim - 1 year ago 56
HTML Question

JavaScript not running on jsfiddle.net

The code below works on a live site but I can't get it to run on the site jsfiddle .

See this for example.

Can anyone tell me why it's not working on jsfiddle?

On the console it logs:

ReferenceError: fillList is not defined
ReferenceError: mySelectList is not defined

The code works as you can see when it's embedded here as snippet:

function BetterSelect(oSelList) {
this.objSelectList = oSelList;
this.objSelectList.onchange = this.selectionChanged;
BetterSelect.prototype.clear = function() {
this.objSelectList.options.length = 0;
BetterSelect.prototype.fill = function(aValues) {
for (var i = 0; i < aValues.length; i++) {
this.objSelectList.options[i] = new Option(aValues[i]);
BetterSelect.prototype.find = function(strToFind, bSelect) {
var indx = -1;
this.objSelectList.options.selectedIndex = -1;
for (var i = 0; i < this.getCount(); i++) {
if (this.objSelectList.options[i].text == strToFind) {
indx = i;
if (bSelect)
this.objSelectList.options.selectedIndex = i;
return indx;
BetterSelect.prototype.getCount = function() {
return this.objSelectList.options.length;
BetterSelect.prototype.selectionChanged = function() {
alert("selection changed!");

var mySelectList = null;
window.onload = function() {
mySelectList = new BetterSelect(document.getElementById('theList'));

function fillList() {
mySelectList.fill(["one", "two", "three", "four", "five"]);

function findIt() {
mySelectList.find(document.getElementById('txtToFind').value, true);

<form action="" method="post">
<select multiple="multiple" name="Select1" id="theList" style="width: 152px; height: 226px">
<br />
<input name="Button1" type="button" value="Fill The List" onclick="fillList()" />
<input name="Button4" onclick="mySelectList.clear()" type="button" value="Clear The List" />
<br />
<input name="Button2" onclick="alert(mySelectList.getCount())" type="button" value="What's The Count?" />
<br />
<input name="Text1" type="text" id="txtToFind" />
<input name="Button3" type="button" value="Search" onclick="findIt()" />

Answer Source

The functions you define are defined in an onload function, so whereas before they were referenceable, because they are defined in that function they can only be referenced from within that function. You reference them as globals in your HTML. You have three options

a) ( easiest, quickest, not ideal ) - change function blah(){} to window.blah = function(){}; making the functions global.

b) ( ideal way ) - use unobtrusive Javascript to attach behaviour to DOM elements from within the JS solely, meaning separate HTML from JS.

c) Make the jsfiddle not wrap the stuff onload. Change onLoad to no wrap ( body or head ).

So instead of <p onclick="lol()" id="foo"> you'd do var e = document.getElementById('foo'); e.onclick = lol; in the JS only.

I recommend b as it encourages best practices.