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JQuery Basics - create a select and append to menu

Why can't I get this select option up?? Please help.

//create a select and append to menu

var $select = $("<select></select>");
$("#menu").append($select); ```

4 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,732 Points

There's nothing obviously wrong here, it's hard to identify the issue without seeing the other code that goes with this (at least some HTML), but here's a few things to check:

  • make sure you have an element with an ID of "menu" on the page
  • make sure that the "menu" element is a kind that can have select elements as direct children
  • check that the jQuery library is being loaded before this script executes

If you still need help, you can facilitate a complete analysis by showing the complete code, or you can make a snapshot of your workspace and post the link to it here. It's also helpful to provide a link to the course page you are working with.

OK, I was trying to isolate the problem. I tried to move the 'menu' ID from the div to the <ul> in the html, but no luck Thanks for any help.



Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,732 Points

You definitely don't want to put the id of "menu" on the ul, lists can only have li elements as children.

The issue seems to be the unterminated block comment that begins on line 8 of app.js. When I completed the comment by adding a line at the bottom with "*/" on it, the script started working.

Thank you. I closed that comment as you did. Mine is not yet working. What do you mean, the id "menu" should have select elements as direct children? I thought it went on the div wrapper around the <ul>, like in the example? Do I need to refactor this html code?

Is it possible this is a Treehouse bug, because the title in my screen is jQuery Basics-Plan, and not Mobile Drop Down Menu, as shown on the screen in the video?


Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,732 Points

In your first snapshot, the id "menu" is on the ul, and ul elements should only have li elements as children. And li elements are list items (not select elements).

In the new snapshot, I see the id has been moved to the div, where appending the select is appropriate. But on lines 19 and 20 of index.html, two different versions of jQuery are being loaded. Either version will work, but pick one and remove the other.

Other than that, the code seems OK, and in fact worked when I tested it.

And you can change the title of the workspace using the Workspaces page.


Thanks for looking. I took out the script on 19. It's still not working here for me. Still pretty confused here. Thanks for any help.

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,732 Points

Now when I open the preview on your workspace, the select box is clearly visible. In fact, it displaces the page heading.

I'm confused about why you're not seeing it. Have you restarted your browser?