PrototypeJS Element.prototype.appendChild issue


Due to Ajax loaded content, I had to change a function from:

document.observe('dom:loaded',function() { $$('.userListHeaderCell').invoke('observe', 'click', function() { this.toggleClassName('desc'); var colnumber = this.up().childElements().indexOf(this); var content = this.up(2); sortColumn(content, colnumber, this.hasClassName('desc')); }); });


document.observe('click', function(e, el) { if (el = e.findElement('.userListHeaderCell.sortable')) { el.toggleClassName('desc'); var colnumber = el.up().childElements().indexOf(el); var content = el.up(2); sortColumn(content, colnumber, el.hasClassName('desc')); } });

The sortColumn looks like:

function sortColumn(content, colnumber, desc) { content.select('.userListRow').sort(function(a,b){ var atext = a.down(colnumber).innerHTML.stripTags().toLowerCase(); var btext = b.down(colnumber).innerHTML.stripTags().toLowerCase(); return atext.localeCompare(btext) * (desc ? -1 : 1); }).each(Element.prototype.appendChild, content); }

The toggle and colnumber work and content is an object HTMLDivElement, but it seems that I need to convert the content variable or use another function, but not sure what in the sortColumn. The error I get is:

"Could not convert JavaScript argument" nsresult: "0x80570009 (NS_ERROR_XPC_BAD_CONVERT_JS)" location: "JS frame :: <a href="https://www.someurl.com/scripts/prototype.js" rel="nofollow">https://www.someurl.com/scripts/prototype.js</a> :: :: line 804" data: no]

What do I need to change in order to make this work?



Error in IE shows: Unable to get value of the property 'call': object is null or undefined prototype.js, line 804 character 9

I believe the issue is with Element.prototype.appendChild

Tried adding Element.extend(content), but doesn't seem to help.

Example data:

<pre class="lang-html prettyprint-override"><div id="contentbox_Users" class="userList"> <div class="userListHeader"> <div class="userListHeaderCell col1 sortable">First Name</div> <div class="userListHeaderCell col2 sortable">Last Name</div> </div> <div id="contentbox_People"> <div class="userListRow"> <div class="userListCell col1">John</div> <div class="userListCell col2">Smith</div> </div> <div class="userListRow"> <div class="userListCell col1">Bob</div> <div class="userListCell col2">Ray</div> </div> <div class="userListRow"> <div class="userListCell col1">Fred</div> <div class="userListCell col2">Jones</div> </div> </div> </div>


Since it is my code that is failing I should have a go.

The line,

}).each(Element.prototype.appendChild, content);

is a shorthand way of saying,

}).each(function(row) { content.appendChild(row); });

You can try it that way to see if things are better. I don't recognise the error but a quick google suggests it is from Firefox and relates to passing a non-element to a native function that expects one. In situations such as this I tend to stick lots of console.log(...) calls everywhere (and press F12 in Firefox) and see what happens. Logging the array <em>should</em> show all the rows as HTML elements.


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