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Opened 10 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#4420 closed bug (invalid)

Internet Explorer 7 error: problem setting elem[ name ] = value

Reported by: erinnn Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: 1.4
Component: attributes Version: 1.3.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


I found a minor problem in IE that does not happen with Firefox or Chrome.

On line 1002 and 1065 of jQuery JavaScript Library v1.3.2 "elem[ name ] = value;" will throw an error, if the value can not be set on the property. In my case, I found the error when I tried to assign NaN px from a calculation to the left property of an element. FIrefox and chrome continued, while IE my element did not display.

Putting this line in a try block with an empty catch allowed IE to fail more gracefully, like Chrome and Firefox did when given a bad value.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by dmethvin

It sounds like this would just mask the underlying error though. Where was the NaN} coming from?

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by erinnn

What I meant to highlight as the issue was inconsistent behavior in IE.

The NaN was just a bad input - when this code fails to set the value on a property the behavior in IE is inconsistent with (and worse than) what other browsers show. Making behavior more predictable across browsers is one of the highlights of jQuery.

The two other browsers failed gracefully, masking the underlying error. Doing so with the library in IE would help standardize javascript behavior across browsers in failure conditions.

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by dcostalis


elem[ name ] = value


try{elem[ name ] = value} catch(err){};

on lines 1002 and 1065 not only gives consistent behavior, but allows the script to continue. IE7 halts under some conditions.

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by dmethvin

The conditions where IE halts are ones where Firefox is ignoring code errors AFAICT. You'd want to figure out why you were passing NaN to jQuery.

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by netinho

I had the same problem, and on IE8 too. So I solved using this way at line 1060 of jquery-1.3.2.js:


    if ( set )
			elem[ name ] = value;


    if ( set ) {
      if ((value == 'NaNpx')||(value == 'px')) value = '';
      elem[ name ] = value;

Now it's working like a charm.

comment:6 Changed 9 years ago by dmethvin

Component: unfiledattributes
Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

Closing the ticket, no test case showing a bug. The string "NaN" for .attr or .css is not valid input, so code should not be passing this to jQuery.

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