Manipulating the DOM - Exercise

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Manipulating the DOM - Exercise

Manipulating the DOM

Duration: 25 to 35 minutes.

In this exercise, you will add JavaScript code to a page that displays information about several Beatles records - users will be able to toggle the display of more details about each record and add records to a "favorites" list.

  1. Open HTMLDOM/Exercises/ManipulatingDOM.html in a code editor and in a browser.
  2. Note that the CSS for the page is done for you: there are style rules to display the records (floated into two-across blocks) and other layout details for the page. In partcular, note the rules for span.more and span.details; these elements are set to display (or not) depending on whether their parent element (the divs of class record) have a class of active.
  3. Write the body of function addToFavorites which adds the title of the record to the "favorites" element when its "Add To Favorites" link is clicked.
  4. Add code to toggle the details content for each record: toggle the class active on the clicked .record element, which will (through the already-written CSS rules) change the display of the "More..." link and the detail content.
  5. Test your work.


<meta charset="UTF-8">
	section#records {
	aside#favorites {
	.record {
		margin:0 2% 20px 0;
	.record span.more {
		font-style: italic;
	.record span.details {
		display: none;
	} span.details {
		display: inline;
	} span.more {
		display: none;
	.footer {
		font-style: italic;
		padding-top: 30px;
	window.onload = function() {

		function addToFavorites(node) {
			var recordListItem = document.createElement('p');
			var recordListItemText = document.createTextNode(document.querySelector('#' + + ' h3 span.title').innerHTML);

		var detailElements = document.getElementsByClassName('record');
		for (var i=0; i < detailElements.length; i++) {
			detailElements[i].addEventListener('click', function(e) {
				if ( == 'addtofavorites') {
				} else {
					if (e.currentTarget.className == 'record') {
						e.currentTarget.className = 'record active';
					} else {
						e.currentTarget.className = 'record';
					var myToggle = document.querySelector('#' + + ' h3 span.toggle');
					var myToggleContents = myToggle.innerHTML;
					if (myToggleContents == '+') {
						myToggle.innerHTML = '-';
					} else {
						myToggle.innerHTML = '+';
<title>Manipulating the DOM</title>

<section id="records">
	<h1>Selected Beatles Records</h1>
	<div class="record" id="harddaysnight">
		<h3><span class="title">A Hard Day's Night</span> <span class="toggle">+</span></h3>
		<p>A Hard Day's Night is the third studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 10 July 1964, with side one containing songs from the soundtrack to their film A Hard Day's Night.<span class="more"> More...</span><span class="details"> The American version of the album was released two weeks earlier, on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records, with a different track listing. In contrast to their first two albums, all 13 tracks on A Hard Day's Night were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney showcasing the development of their songwriting talents. The album includes the title track, with its distinct opening chord,[4] and the previously released "Can't Buy Me Love", both transatlantic number-one singles for the band.</span></p>
		<p><a href="#" class="addtofavorites">Add To Favorites</a></p>
	<div class="record" id="rubbersoul">
		<h3><span class="title">Rubber Soul</span> <span class="toggle">+</span></h3>
		<p>Rubber Soul is an album by the Beatles, their sixth UK album, and the tenth released in America.<span class="more"> More...</span><span class="details"> Released on 3 December 1965, it met with a highly favourable critical response and topped record charts in the United Kingdom for several weeks, as well as in the United States, where it was issued with a different selection of tracks.</span></p>
		<p><a href="#" class="addtofavorites">Add To Favorites</a></p>
	<div class="record" id="abbeyroad">
		<h3><span class="title">Abbey Road</span> <span class="toggle">+</span></h3>
		<p>Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records.<span class="more"> More...</span><span class="details"> The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band's dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began.[1] A double A-side single from the album, "Something"/"Come Together", released in October, topped the Billboard chart in the US.</span></p>
		<p><a href="#" class="addtofavorites">Add To Favorites</a></p>
	<div class="record" id="letitbe">
		<h3><span class="title">Let It Be</span> <span class="toggle">+</span></h3>
		<p>Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles.<span class="more"> More...</span><span class="details"> It was released on 8 May 1970, almost a month after the group's break-up. Like most of the band's previous releases, it was a number one album in many countries, including both the US and the UK, and was released in tandem with the motion picture of the same name.</span></p>
		<p><a href="#" class="addtofavorites">Add To Favorites</a></p>
<aside id="favorites">
	<h2>My Favorites</h2>
<p class="footer">Content taken from <a href="">Wikipedia</a></p>

Code Explanation

When the "Add To Favorites" link is clicked for any record, we call the addToFavorites function, passing to it the .record node element from which the click came, and remove the "Add To Favorites" link (so that the user can't add the record twice). Function addToFavorites creates a new paragraph node, adds text (the title of the record) to it, and adds the node to the sidebar "Favorites" area.

When the user clicks any record, we toggle the active class (using e.currentTarget.className) and toggle between the + and - characters (using myToggle.innerHTML.)


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