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JavaScript JavaScript and the DOM (Retiring) Getting a Handle on the DOM Selection Review

Aaron Noble
Aaron Noble
6,559 Points

Error when referencing an element from DOM

How would you select the body element using document.getElementsByTagName, and store it in the variable body?

(Hint: Don't forget that this method returns a collection, not a single element.)

const body = document.getElementsByTagName('body');

I'm not sure what is wrong with this statement. I have ' ' around the tag name, is that the problem? Any help is appreciated, thank you Aaron

2 Answers

Since the method returns a collection you will have to reference an item from that collection. Since there is only one body you can assume the item has index 0.

const body = document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0];

Aaron Noble
Aaron Noble
6,559 Points

Oh yes, I do remember seeing that. I didn't realize it was required. Thank you for the quick help!