Changing name attribute using jQuery


I've got a jQuery function that attempts to change the id, name and class attribute values of an element.

The id and class change seems to work but for some curious reason, trying to change the name of the element never works.

Here is my code:

$(document).ready(function () {

$("table select").live("change", function () {

    var id = $(this).attr('id');

    if ($(this).attr('classname') != "selected") {
        var rowIndex = $(this).closest('tr').prevAll().length;
        $.getJSON("/Category/GetSubCategories/" + $(this).val(), function (data) {
            if (data.length > 0) {

                $("#" + id).attr('classname', 'selected');
                $("#" + id).attr('id', 'sel' + rowIndex);
                $("#" + id).attr('name', 'sel' + rowIndex); // this never works

                var position = ($('table').get(0));

                var tr = position.insertRow(rowIndex + 1);
                var td1 = tr.insertCell(-1);
                var td2 = tr.insertCell(-1);
                td1.appendChild(document.createTextNode('SubCategory'));
                var sel = document.createElement("select");
                sel.name = 'parent_id';

                sel.id = 'parent_id';

                sel.setAttribute('class', 'unselected');
                td2.appendChild(sel);

                $.each(data, function (GetSubCatergories, Category) {
                    $('#parent_id').append($("<option></option>").
       attr("value", Category.category_id).
       text(Category.name));
                });
            }

        });

    }
});
}); 

Answers:


The name cannot be changed because once you have modified the id, the selector in the subsequent expression (which uses the unmodified id) is selecting nothing :)

$("#" + id).attr('id', 'sel' + rowIndex);
$("#" + id).attr('name', 'sel' + rowIndex); // this can't ever work

Try chaining them together like this, to keep the reference to the current selection:

$("#" + id).attr('id', 'sel' + rowIndex)
           .attr('name', 'sel' + rowIndex);

Alternatively, reorder the statements such that you change the name (and/or whatever else) before changing the id:

$("#" + id).attr('name', 'sel' + rowIndex);
$("#" + id).attr('id', 'sel' + rowIndex);

You can also assign the selection to a variable:

var $el = $("#" + id);
$el.attr("id", 'sel' + rowIndex);
...