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JavaScript DOM Scripting By Example Editing and Filtering Names Moving to an Editing State

my name/input value keeps disappearing after i edit, please help

// write a function that //creates a list item element (name) and add to the DOM then takes the text we want the list item to contain and returns that list item back to us //wrap the text created inside the li in a span tag so that the text becomes an html element, currently it's just a text element and we cannot do anything with it

function createName (text) {

const name = document.createElement('LI');
      const span = document.createElement('span');
      span.textContent = text;

      const label = document.createElement('LABEL');
      label.textContent = 'confirmed';

      const checkBox = document.createElement('INPUT');
      checkBox.type = 'checkbox';

    const editBtn = document.createElement('button');
     editBtn.textContent = 'edit';
      editBtn.className = 'edit'

    const removeBtn = document.createElement('button'); 
    removeBtn.className = 'remove';
    removeBtn.textContent = 'remove';


return name;


//listen for the click handler submit button //get the value of the text in the input box //create li and add the value to the Ul via the li

//set the click handler on the form instead of the submit button. The form has a submit 'event' that listens to clicks on the form so the form can be submitted multiple ways ie //via clicking on the submit button or ANYWHERE on the form.

const form = document.getElementById('registrar'); const ulList = document.getElementById('invitedList');

const names = form.querySelector('input');

form.addEventListener('submit', (e) => {


     const text = names.value;
     names.value = '';

    const name = createName(text);



// add a handler to the checkbox, when the checkbox is checked add a class of responded (already in CSS) //instead of add the event handler to each checkbox when clicked(this causes bulk and is not preffered) we should use event bubbling (the act of an event bubbling up the DOM tree setting off any and all events until it reaches the root element, bubbling will continue up weather the next element has an event handler attached or not and will simply keep going till it reaches any event handlers.The parent node, in this case the Ul is the best place to attach the event handler (the click event) for the checkbox because the event on the Ul will listen out for the right event ie click on checkbox then it will find the source of the event and will perform the callback function on that source.So it doesn't matter where the click takes place, only the right target will be handled due to the event object target property.

ulList.addEventListener('change', (e) => {

if(e.target.checked) {

         e.target.parentNode.parentNode.className = 'responded';


e.target.parentNode.parentNode.className = ''



// add a remove button to each invitee to be able to remove li item from the Ul

ulList.addEventListener('click', (e) => {

//the click event can be triggered by clicking on any element so we must emphasise the target element that should trigger the click event

//Edit list items once saved

//create edit button, add event handler that removes the text element (name) and adds an input element // save button that has event handler, that removes the input element and adds the text element

const li = e.target.parentNode;

const ul = li.parentNode;

if (e.target.className === 'remove') {


} else if (e.target.className === 'edit') {

  const span = li.firstElementChild;
  const newInput = document.createElement('input');
  newInput.type = 'text';

  newInput.value = span.textContent;
 li.insertBefore(newInput, span);


  e.target.textContent = 'save';


2 Answers

Tobias Edwards
Tobias Edwards
14,458 Points

At the moment, once you click edit and enter the new name, clicking save afterwards acts the same as clicking the edit button again. Why? Let's break it down:

  1. edit button with class name edit is clicked. This event bubbles up to ulList and is caught by your event handler.
  2. The button clicked has a class name of edit, and so the appropriate code is executed:
    • Inserting newInput and changing the textContent of the edit button to save only. Only the text value of this button is changed, so its class is STILL edit.
  3. Entering a new name into newInput and then clicking save (actually the 'edit' button) will trigger step 1 again.

On clicking save, the reason the new input field is cleared is because before you were setting its value to span.textContent which was removed: li.removeChild(span).

Thank you Tobias! that made sense! i was able to fix it!