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I have a javascript search function that I am trying to work with DIV's in html, it works with tables and underlined lists. However, I cannot get it to go though the same list of DIV's and searching through the hyperlink text.

HTML Search:

<input type="text" id="myInput" onkeyup="myFunction()" placeholder="Search for text..">


<div id ="main_divs">
<div><a href ="link.html">Text1</a></div>
<div><a href ="link.html">Text2</a></div>
<div><a href ="link.html">Text3</a></div>
<div><a href ="link.html">Text4</a></div>
<div><a href ="link.html">Text5</a></div>
<div><a href ="link.html">Text6</a></div>

Javascript function:

function myFunction() {
      // Declare variables
      var input, filter, div, div_item, ahref, i, txtValue;
      input = document.getElementById("myInput");
      filter = input.value.toUpperCase();
      div = document.getElementById("main_divs");
7     div_item = div.getElementsByTagName("div");

      for (i = 0; i < div_item.length; i++) {
        ahref = div_item[i].getElementsByTagName("a")[0];
        if (ahref) {
          txtValue = ahref.textContent || ahref.innerText;
          if (txtValue.toUpperCase().indexOf(filter) > -1) {
            div_item[i].style.display = "";
          } else {
            div_item[i].style.display = "none";

What I have tried:

I keep getting an error on "div_item = div.getElementsByTagName("div");" It is line 7.

Error: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'getElementsByTagName' of null

It worked great with an underlined list and a table, it is not working with DIV's, for some reason. So do I need to create a completely different type of search function if I am only using DIV's vs. a table or a list, or I am missing something simple?
Updated 7-Sep-21 22:51pm

1 solution

Your code works fine for me:
Edit fiddle - JSFiddle - Code Playground[^]

The error suggests that there is no element in the document with id="main_divs". Double-check that you have the same ID in your HTML and Javascript.

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