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JavaScript JavaScript and the DOM Making Changes to the DOM Modifying Elements

Raul Alvarez
Raul Alvarez
1,420 Points

I don't understand why I can't grab the input element.

Hey there, hope you're doing great.

I'm using the following query selector for getting the input element, as asked in the task. However, It's not read as valid:

const/let/var inputValue = document.querySelector('input').

Please help!

const inputValue = document.querySelector('input');
<!DOCTYPE html>
      <title>DOM Manipulation</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />
      <div id="content">
        <label for="linkText">Link Text:</label>
        <input type="text" id="linkText" value="sample text">
        <p class="info"></p>
    <script src="app.js"></script>

1 Answer

Guillermo Gallo
Guillermo Gallo
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 8,490 Points

Hi Raul Alvarez

You are almost there. The problem is that the challenge is asking for the value of the input field, not the input element itself. What you have so far is just the input element, now you have to get the value property of the input element by adding .value, like this:

const inputValue = document.querySelector('input').value;
Guillermo Gallo
Guillermo Gallo
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 8,490 Points

Also, just as a reference, when you are trying to select a specific element you should try not to reference it by the tag name as there are probably going to be more elements with the same tag name and it can lead to trouble.

In this example its ok because there is only 1 input field but if you had more input fields querySelector('input') would probably return something different than what you wanted.

So when targeting a specific element try using the element's id property which you know is always unique, for example:

const inputValue = document.querySelector('#linkText').value;
// or
const inputValue = document.getElementById('linkText').value;
Raul Alvarez
Raul Alvarez
1,420 Points

Thanks a lot Guillermo :)