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JavaScript jQuery Basics (2014) Creating a Simple Lightbox Adding New Attribute Values with attr()

Alcuin Guest
Alcuin Guest
4,496 Points

What is wrong with this short line of code? (J-Query)

$(".external a").attr( "target", "_blank");

From J-Query Basics course, Lightbox section, code challenge.

js/app.js
$(".external a").attr( "target", "_blank");
index.html
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" title="no title" charset="utf-8">
  <title>Links Page</title>
</head>
<body>
  <h1>Links</h1>
  <ul>
    <li><a href="http://google.com" class="external">Google</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://yahoo.com" class="external">Yahoo</a></li>
  </ul>
  <script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.0.min.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
  <script src="js/app.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
</body>
</html>

3 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,921 Points

The selector ".external a" targets anchors that are descendants of elements that have class external.

:point_right: You probably want "a.external" to target anchors which have that class themselves.

Carlos Federico Puebla Larregle
Carlos Federico Puebla Larregle
21,073 Points

Select the element first and then see if it has the ".external" class. You could do it like this:

 $("a.external").attr( "target", "_blank");

I hope that helps.