[thelist] [javascript] [yui] setAttribute() failing

Paul Bennett Paul.Bennett at mch.govt.nz
Wed Apr 29 20:41:54 CDT 2009

Hi all,


This one's got me tearing my hair out...


I have a script which I'm using to modify some css styles dynamically,
but it's failing in an odd way.

It works on one page, and then fails on another page with almost
identical markup.


I've validated and tested / tweaked but I just can't see what is causing
the error.


Here's the function code - it fails at the try, catch() routine as for
some reason on some pages the browser can't set an id on the child
element and yui's getRegion() only accepts and element id reference..


// get all bookstand images and adjust if necessary

function setUpBookstandImages(){

            els =


                        for(i = 0; i < els.length; i++){

                                    centreBookstandImage(els[i], i);





/* centre all bookstand images in their container */

function centreBookstandImage(ref, counter){


            parentWidth = 203;

            // set an id on the parent container,so we can use
setStyle() later

            ref.setAttribute('id', 'ref-'+counter);

            // get new parent el ref

            newRef = document.getElementById('ref-'+counter); 

            // get child

            imgEl = newRef.firstChild;



                        // set id so we can use getRgion() without error

                        imgEl.setAttribute('id', 'img-' + counter);



                                    // works fine for the home page

                                    imgDims =
YAHOO.util.Dom.getRegion('img-' + counter);


                        // if the browser can't set the id



                                    // this is where it fails - because
it seems getRegion() requires an id ref, not an element reference

                                    imgDims =





                        imgWidth = imgDims.right - imgDims.left;

                        if(imgWidth < parentWidth){

                                    // figure out padding

                                    parentPadding = (parentWidth -
imgWidth) / 2;

                                    // set parent element padding (left)
to centre image

                                    YAHOO.util.Dom.setStyle('ref-' +
counter, 'padding-left', parentPadding + 'px');






Here's the markup it's working with:

<div class="bookstandImage">
        <a href="page" title="link title">
               <img src="image.jpg" alt="image alt text" >



Can anyone see anything I'm doing wrong?

I can supply URL's if required.


Thanks in advance for any help.



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