[thelist] DOM Javascript - childNodes

liorean liorean at f2o.org
Wed Dec 17 16:36:55 CST 2003

Mark Howells wrote:
> I'm coding a function to join several HTML forms together on a page and 
> submit them as one, using DOM Javascript.  I parse through the 
> childNodes of the main forms, then copy the lot into a new form and 
> submit it.

Why not move them? It's as simple as appending them to the new form, 
they will be automatically removed from their original position.

> I am new to DOM JS code and stuck at the point where I want to delete 
> all the dynamic form elements.  I see that I can ditch the whole form 
> and all children using obj.removeChild(true), but only want to ditch the 
> children, not the form itself.  Do I have to loop through the child 
> elements and delete them one by one, or am I missing something? What's 
> the most efficient solution?

Remember, childNodes is all types of nodes, not only elements...
You'd have to loop through it and remove all nodes of a type you want to 
remove. A perhaps better approach is to replace the form element with a 
shallow clone of itself, as that provided by 
oFormElement.cloneNode(false), like this:


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