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Andrew Folts
Andrew Folts
14,238 Points

[Solved]Why is my Javascript string printing literally, not as an HTML element?

I have some code that builds a call-to-action sentence when certain icons are clicked. I'm trying to change the array items in the sentence (Social, Branding, etc) to blue.

I've been playing around with placing "<span>", .InnerHTML, and .html in different places, but the code always ends up displayed literally—ex. "Tell me more about... <span color='#71c0f4'> Social</span> with Foltsy Design Co."

Thoughts on the best way to tackle this? Thanks!

var servicesArray = [];
var interestsH1 = $('#interests');



function interestsConditional() {
if (servicesArray.length > 0) {
        $('#interests').text(interests);
    } else {
        $('#interests').text('Select some Services...');
}
}


function interests() {
    var servicesString = midString(servicesArray);
    var interests = 'Tell me more about... ' + servicesString + ' with Foltsy Design Co.';
    return interests;
}


function clickServicesGrid() {  
    $(document).ready( function() {
                $('#services-grid li').click( function() {
                    $(this).toggleClass('services-grid-click');
                });
            });
}

//Return an array(a) of 1, 2, or 3+ items with AND and COMMAS
function midString(a) { 
    if (a.length === 1) {
        return a;
    } else if (a.length === 2) {
        return a.join(' and ');
    } else {
        return a.slice(0, a.length - 1).join(', ') + ", and " + a.slice(-1);
    }
}

//Store id of clicked element and return p text
function clickInterest() {
    $(document).ready( function() {
        $('#services-grid li').click(function() {
            interestsConditional();


            var id = (this.id);
            var idString = $('#' + id);
            var serviceTitle = idString.text();
            console.log(serviceTitle);
            var index = servicesArray.indexOf(serviceTitle);

            if (index === -1) {
                servicesArray.push(serviceTitle);
                interestsConditional();
                var write = interests();
                interestsH1.text(interests);
            } else if (index > -1) {
                servicesArray.splice(index, 1);
                var write = interests();
                interestsH1.text(interests);
                if (servicesArray.length === 0) {
                    interestsH1.text('Add some services...');
                }
            }
        });
    });
}
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>FOLTSY</title>

<link href="Styles/normalize.css" rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js"></script>
<link href="Styles/style.css" rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />
<link href="Styles/responsive.css" rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />
</head>

<body>
    <!--Fixed header spacing-->
    <div id='head-space'></div>
    <header>
            <!--Mobile menu-->
            <div id='menu-mob' class='body-pad'>
                <ul class='menu-toggle'>
                    <li><a href='#about'>ABOUT</a></li>
                    <li><a href='#work'>WORK</a></li>
                    <li><a href='#services'>SKILLS</a></li>
                    <li><a href='#contact'>CONTACT</a></li>
                </ul>
                <ul id='mobile social'>
                    <li><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/aofolts">
                    <img class='social-mob' src='Icons/af twitter icon 200 160-01.svg'>
                    </a></li>
                    <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/andrew.folts">
                    <img class='social-mob' src='Icons/af facebook icon 160 80-01.svg'>
                    </a></li>
                    <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewfolts">
                    <img class='social-mob' src='Icons/af linkedin icon 160 160-01.svg'>
                    </a></li>
                </ul>
            </div>
            <!--Desktop Nav-->
            <nav class='body-pad'>
                <div id='nav-logo'>FOLTSY</div>
                <div id='menu-toggle' class='menu-toggle'>
                    <div id='nav-mob'>Menu</div>
                    <img id='menu-tri' src="Icons/mobile menu triangle-05.svg" />
                    <img id='menu-tri-blue' src='Icons/mobile menu triangle blue-05.svg' />
                </div>
            </nav>
    </header>
    <div id='nav-filter'></div>
    <section id='intro'>
        <div id='intro-wrapper'>
            <div id='intro-content'>
                <h1>Hi, I'm Andrew. <br />
                I'm an independent<br />
                <span id='writer' class='blue-accent'>writer</span> / <span id='designer' class='blue-accent'>designer</span> / <span id='developer' class='blue-accent'>developer</span>.</h1>
                <div class='hr'></div>
                <p>I collaborate with growing companies and<br />small businesses to create brand-building<br />websites and digital content.</p>
            </div>
        </div>
    </section>
    <section>
        <ul id='crafticons-mob' class='ul-flexrow'>    
            <li><img src='Icons/Home/writer icon 80_Papers Mobile.svg'></li>
            <li><img src='Icons/Home/plus icon 20w_PlusvMobile.svg'></li>
            <li><img src="Icons/Home/designer icon 80_Papers Mobile.svg"></li>
            <li><img src='Icons/Home/plus icon 20w_PlusvMobile.svg'></li>
            <li><img src="Icons/Home/developer icon 80_Papers Mobile.svg"></li>
        </ul>
    </section>
    <a name='services' class='anchor-link'></a>
    <section>
        <h1>How can I help?<br />Select services below to<br />start building your project.</h1>
        <ul id='services-grid'>
            <li id='skill-advertising'>
            <img src='Icons/Home/skills advertising icon 80_SkillsMobile.svg' /><p>Advertising</p></li><li 
            id='skill-blogging'>
            <img src='Icons/Home/skills blogs icon 80_SkillsMobile.svg' /><p>Blogging</p></li><li 
            id='skill-branding'>
            <img src='Icons/Home/skills branding icon 80_SkillsMobile.svg' /><p>Branding</p></li><li 
            id='skill-scripts'>
            <img src='Icons/Home/skills scripts icon 80_SkillsMobile.svg' /><p>Scripts</p></li><li 
            id='skill-social'>
            <img src='Icons/Home/skills social icon 80_SkillsMobile.svg' /><p>Social</p></li><li 
            id='skill-websites'>
            <img src='Icons/Home/skills websites icon 80_SkillsMobile.svg' /><p>Websites</p></li>
        </ul>
        <h1 id="interests">Select some Services...</h1>
    </section>
    <script src="js/home script.js"></script>
    <script>
        menuMobToggle();
        clickRotate180();
        navFilter();
        clickServicesGrid();
        clickInterest();
    </script>

    <div id='preloader'>
        <img src="Images/Foltsy-Hero-Home-Writer-03.svg" />
        <img src="Images/Foltsy-Hero-Home-Developer-03.svg" />
        <img src="Images/Foltsy-Hero-Home-Designer-03.svg" />  
    </div>
</body>

</html>

Can you provide the html as well.

Andrew Folts
Andrew Folts
14,238 Points

Sure, I dropped it in below.

Andrew Folts
Andrew Folts
14,238 Points

Never-mind, I solved it. Just needed to wrap the string in <span> and change .text to .html.

var span = "<span style='color:#71c0f4'>"; var span2 = "</span>" var serviceTitle = span + idString.text() + span2; var index = servicesArray.indexOf(serviceTitle);

        if (index === -1) {
            servicesArray.push(serviceTitle);
            interestsConditional();
            var write = interests();
            interestsH1.html(interests);

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
215,984 Points

I was just about to ask if you were actually loading jquery - I didn't see that happening in the provided code.

You still have some odd constructs even if they aren't causing problems. In particular, you have several of these:

function something-called-directly-from-html() {
    $(document).ready(function() {
        // stuff you want to happen at load time
    }
}

You might want to get rid of that outer wrapper function (along with the call to it from the HTML), and let $(document).ready do the job alone, as it is typically used. You could also bundle all the things you want to happen at load time inside a single call to $(document).ready.