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JavaScript JavaScript and the DOM Getting a Handle on the DOM Select by Tag Name

Charlotte Jane Pollard
Charlotte Jane Pollard
Courses Plus Student 2,424 Points

I don't understand the error.. is there a bug because I'm sure I've answered it right??? :/

I've answered the question in accordance with what I've just learned (to look up and select multiple elements in a collection (the <ul> elements in this case) so...

let listItems = document.getElementsByTagName('ul');

but it's returning the error:

Bummer: cannot read property 1 of null

I don't understand... it's a simple answer to a simple question, am I missing something??? :/

// Complete the challenge by writing JavaScript below
const colors = ["#C2272D", "#F8931F", "#FFFF01", "#009245", "#0193D9", "#0C04ED", "#612F90"];
let listItems = document.getElementsByTagName('ul');

for ( let i = 0; i < colors.length; i++ ) {
  listItems[i].style.color = colors[i];    
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>JavaScript and the DOM</title>
    <h1>My List</h1>
      <li>This should be red</li>
      <li>This should be orange</li>
      <li>This should be yellow</li>
      <li>This should be green</li>
      <li>This should be blue</li>
      <li>This should be indigo</li>
      <li>This should be violet</li>
    <script src="app.js"></script>

1 Answer

Ngadhnjim Rexhaj
Ngadhnjim Rexhaj
44 Points

instead of '' document.getElementsByTagName('ul'); " use " document.getElementsByTagName('li'); " because you're not iterating in items(li) but in list itself, also try duplicating code and you'll see that for every <ul> you'll have different colors from array.

Charlotte Jane Pollard
Charlotte Jane Pollard
Courses Plus Student 2,424 Points

Thank you. That's what I did in the end, but the question specifically said to reference the ul elements, maybe I read it wrong or didn't read into it enough.. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question! :)

"Complete the code by setting the variable listItems to refer to an HTMLCollection. The collection should contain all list items in the <ul> element."