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JavaScript jQuery Basics (2014) Creating a Simple Lightbox Adding New Attribute Values with attr()

Marshall Wells
Marshall Wells
8,368 Points

How to append an attribute? :)

I think I've called the right list items (the ones with the attribute of external) - but now I want to add an attribute. Do I use append for that? How would I go about this?

$('#list li.external').append('target="_blank"');
<!DOCTYPE html>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" title="no title" charset="utf-8">
  <title>Links Page</title>
  <ul id='list' >
    <li><a href="http://google.com" class="external">Google</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://yahoo.com" class="external">Yahoo</a></li>
  <script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.0.min.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
  <script src="js/app.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
228,001 Points

:point_right: No, you want .attr() for that.

Append() is for inserting content (often another element) into an element.

Also, "li" stands for "list item". Links are "a" ("anchor") elements. So the selector for links with the class "external" would be: "a.external".

Marshall Wells
Marshall Wells
8,368 Points

Thank you Steven. Sorry if I'm a bother! Appreciate your help

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
228,001 Points

I realized your initial selector also needs some tweaking and updated my answer. :arrow_heading_up: