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Using JavaScript we can add and / or remove HTML elements from an HTML web page.

Adding New HTML Elements To add a new element to the HTML DOM, we must first create the element and then append it to an existing element.

The following example demonstrates this idea:

<div id="addition">
<p id="para1">This example adds a new HTML Element to a web page. </p>
<p id="para2">New element would be inserted below:</p>

var newPara=document.createElement("p");
var node=document.createTextNode("This text is surrounded with a <p> tag ");

var element=document.getElementById("addition");

The code above creates a new <p> element and then adds text to it. To add text to the <p> element above, we have to create a text node first. Then we append the text node to the newly created <p> tag. Finally the <p> element is appended to an existing element.

Removing Existing HTML Elements
Before removing an existing element from the HTML web page, we need to know the parent of that element. The following example demonstrates the process of removing an existing HTML element from a web page:

<div id="removalEx">
<p id="para1">This is para 1.</p>
<p id="para2">This is para 2.</p>

var parentElement=document.getElementById("removalEx");
var childElement=document.getElementById("para1");

The above example has a <div> tag having two child elements, also called nodes. First we find the parent element and the child element. Finally we remove the child element using the removeChild() function of the parentElement passing it the variable containing a reference to the child element.

We can also remove the child element without having to find the parent element. the following code does just that:

var childElement = document.getElementById("para2");

Next >>> Lesson No. 49: JavaScript: Writing Good Code

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