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JavaScript JavaScript Loops, Arrays and Objects Tracking Data Using Objects Accessing Object Properties

I do not undeerstand the meaning of this code(

I do not undeerstand the meaning of this code(( What is the difference between it and document.write() ?

function print(message) { var div = document.getElementById('output'); div.innerHTML = message; }

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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There are several differences between these mechanisms, but two really stand out for me.

  1. Changing innerHTML on an element affects only that element. document.write appends text to the current state of the document, without reference to any particular element.
  2. Even more important, using document.write after a page is completely loaded will wipe out the original page completely and begin rebuilding it from scratch. But you can safely change innerHTML on an element anytime during the life of the page.