Thomas Sebastian Thomas Sebastian - 1 year ago 96
HTML Question

Failed to execute 'appendChild' on 'Node': The new child element is null

This weird bug is bugging me from half an hour. I am dynamically trying to apply a slider using only JavaScript. Any idea as to why this is occurring to me? I could find other questions on SO, but could not understand the solution. I am new to JS and highly appreciate if someone could explain me things in laymen terms. Here is my code.


<!DOCTYPE html>

<title>JS sample test page</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="jquery.bxslider.css">

<div class="og-fullimg"></div>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-1.11.1.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.bxslider.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="main.js"></script>



// code for thumbnail slider begins
(function() {
var ogImg = document.getElementsByClassName("og-fullimg");
var bxSlider = document.createElement("ul"); //created ul
bxSlider.setAttribute("class", "bxslider"); // gave a class name bxslider.

for (i = 1; i < 4; i++) {
var itemsList = document.createElement("li");
var linkImages = document.createElement("img");
linkImages.src = "images/bid_" + i + ".jpg";

document.body.appendChild(ogImg); //append everything to the body.

//call the slider.
$(document).ready(function() {
auto: true,
pager: false,
adaptiveHeight: true,
slideWidth: 550

// code for thumbnail slider ends.

Thanks in advance.

Answer Source

Several issues here:

  1. document.body.appendChild(ogImg); is just wrong. ogImg is a nodeList. You can't directly append a nodeList to the body AND it's already in the DOM (you just got it with document.getElementsByClassName("og-fullimg");.

  2. You are using $(document).ready() to wait to call .bxSlider(), but NOT using it to call document.getElementsByClassName(). My guess would be your code is just running too soon. If that is the case, then just put all your code inside the .ready() handler.

  3. You're using a very odd mix of plain javascript and jQuery when switching the plain javascript over to jQuery could make your code smaller and more consistent. If you have jQuery, you may as well use it for what it's good at (which is selectors and operations on collections - among other things).

This is what I'd suggest:

//create and initialize the slider.
$(document).ready(function() {
    var bxSlider = $("<ul class='bxslider'></ul>"), img;
    for (var i = 1; i < 4; i++) {
        img = new Image();
        img.src = "images/bid_" + i + ".jpg";

        auto: true,
        pager: false,
        adaptiveHeight: true,
        slideWidth: 550
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