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JavaScript DOM Scripting By Example Improving the Application Code Refactor 1: Create List Items

Sherrie Jeffers
Sherrie Jeffers
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 7,909 Points

text displaying as "text" after making createElement function


heres my snapshot, I have now followed the video exactly twice and right after making the createElement function my form no longer works and I get "text" in my element instead of the name from the input field. no idea why

2 Answers

Jeff Muday
Jeff Muday
Treehouse Moderator 28,716 Points

You are so close (I think you knew that already). Good luck with your JavaScript journey-- it's a worthwhile endeavor!

Right now you are dropping in the word 'text', rather, it should be the parameter that you pass in. All you have to do is unquote the text parameter. Like this...

function createLI(text) {
    function createElement(elementName, property, value) {
      const element = document.createElement(elementName);
      element[property] = value;
      return element;

    const li = document.createElement('li');

// const span = createElement('span', 'textContent', 'text');
    const span = createElement('span', 'textContent', text);


    const label = document.createElement('label');
    label.textContent = 'Confirmed';

    const checkbox = document.createElement('input');
    checkbox.type = 'checkbox';

    const editButton = document.createElement('button');
    editButton.textContent = 'edit';
    const removeButton = document.createElement('button');
    removeButton.textContent = 'remove';
    return li;
Jeff Muday
Jeff Muday
Treehouse Moderator 28,716 Points

When a piece of text is in quotations -- "myvar" it is treated by JavaScript as a literal string.




always prints the word myvar.

When a piece of text is not in quotations it is a variable or parameter.


it will print the value of what the programmer has put inside myvar. For example.

var myvar = "Hello";

will print Hello

You can also see this hint by the syntax coloring (if you aren't colorblind). You notice that a literal string is colored ORANGE and a variable is colored PINK-- this will change depending on your editor but here it is apparent.

In your case, the parameter text was being treated as a literal when it was in quotations 'text' and was being sent to the element. What you wanted was the value of the parameter or variable called text

I hope this makes sense-- but you will catch on and it will become second nature to you!