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#5443 closed bug (duplicate)

Opened November 03, 2009 12:04AM UTC

Closed November 09, 2009 12:31PM UTC

Last modified March 10, 2012 10:31AM UTC

[with solution and fix proposal] sporadic error "document.body is null" and continuous page reloads

Reported by: beat Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone: 1.4
Component: event Version: 1.3.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

The effect of this error can be disastrous to web servers, as it can

reload the page continuously, and fix seems simple at first glance: don't trust the domready event from browser, but check that document.body is not null before accepting that event as valid:

Sporadically I had in firefox 3.5.4 the error "document.body is null"

This was exactly reported in IE too here:

(that thread being closed, i am opening a new one here)

Interestingly turning cache off with webdeveloper plugin, the error

came systematically, and *worse*, did systematically reload the page

automatically, cycling the like F5 button pressed permanently, putting

load on server. But that also allowed to use firebug to debug.

  • When not having any javascript inline code in head, the error went

away. So this worked fine (no page reloads):

<script type="text/javascript" src="
jquery-1.3.1/jquery-1.3.1.js"></script><script type="text/
  • But with just having this it was already permanently reloading the

page with cache off and also throwing error "document.body is null" :

	<script type="text/javascript" src="
jquery-1.3.1/jquery-1.3.1.js"></script><script type="text/
	<script type="text/javascript"><!--

No other javascript in the page, only CSS files and valid transitional


Finally, I saw that in the site template, some CSS files where loaded

after that javascript code, and being jQuery 1.3, it's better to load

them before....

So i have put all CSS files <link> before the javascript code above,

and the error disappeared completely.

As this is a recommendation for jQuery 1.3, well, you could classify

this as a ... template-designer-error, but still:


*However* : if a site template (e.g. in joomla, where the template

used by the site is not under the control of the extension developer

using jQuery) puts some CSS files after the Javascript headers, then

the issue that *it triggers permanent fast page reloads* is a big

issue for webserver sanity, and imho something should be done in

jQuery to check at least check for the condition "document.body ===

null" before deciding that the document is ready.

So that should be fixed in jQuery imho, not just trusting the dom

ready event, which seems to be fired too to early on CSS file loads, but to

check that there is really a document.body there before trusting the

event and starting touching the body even before it exists.

Best Regards,


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Change History (4)

Changed November 07, 2009 03:02PM UTC by john comment:1

component: coreevent
resolution: → fixed
status: newclosed

Changed November 08, 2009 03:29PM UTC by dmethvin comment:2

This appeared to be the same as #4320 which didn't have a test case, so I closed it as well.

Changed November 09, 2009 12:31PM UTC by john comment:3

resolution: fixed
status: closedreopened

Actually, I fixed this incorrectly - backing this change out. It's a generic IE/Firefox issue and after reading some of the other tickets it seems as if.

This is a duplicate of #4406 and #4320.

Changed November 09, 2009 12:31PM UTC by john comment:4

resolution: → duplicate
status: reopenedclosed