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    Inserting and removing rows in a table

    Hey guys,

    I have a table which contains a link to add rows in each row after the header. This link, when clicked, adds a row beneath the row which contained the clicked link. This part works perfectly.

    However the added rows each have a link to remove themselves from the table, and this is the part which isn't working properly. What's supposed to happen is that you click on a link, and then the row which contains the link you just clicked on is deleted.

    What's actually happening is when the "remove" links are clicked, first the row 2 rows above it is removed, then the row directly above it, then the correct row (itself) is deleted.

    Hope all of that makes sense!

    This is my script:
    function addRowToTable(thisRow)
      var tbl = document.getElementById('foodsTable');
      addedRow = thisRow + addedRows;
      var row = tbl.insertRow(addedRow);
      row.id = addedRows;
      addedRows = addedRows + 1;
      var cellLeft = row.insertCell(0);
      cellLeft.innerHTML = "&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;+&nbsp;<input type='text'>&nbsp;<a href='JavaScript:removeRowFromTable(" + row.id + ")'>Remove</a>";
      var cellMiddle = row.insertCell(1);
      cellMiddle.innerHTML = "<input type='text'>";
      var cellRight = row.insertCell(2);
      cellRight.innerHTML = "text here";
    function removeRowFromTable(i)
      var tbl = document.getElementById('foodsTable');
      addedRows = addedRows - 1;
    And this is my table:
    <table width=100% id="foodsTable">
    	<tr bgcolor="#EEEEEE">
    		<td width=*><b>Food/Drink</b></td>
    		<td align="right" width=100><b>Purchased</b></td>
    		<td align="right" width=100><b>Produced</b></td>
    		<td width=60></td>
    		<td><a href="itemdetails.php?item=Apples" onMouseover="ddrivetip('<?php getToolTipData('Apples',$Foods); ?>')"; onMouseout="hideddrivetip()">Apples</a>
    		&nbsp;<a href="JavaScript:addRowToTable(2)">+ Add similar food</a>
    		&nbsp;<font color="#FF0000">*NEW*</font></td>
    		<td align="right"><input type="text" name="Apples" maxlength="10" size="10" value="<?php echo $session->foodsApplesPurc; ?>" style="text-align:right" /></td>
    		<td align="right"><input type="text" name="ApplesProd" maxlength="10" size="10" value="<?php echo $session->foodsApplesProd; ?>" style="text-align:right" /></td>
    	<!-- many more rows just like the one above /-->
    I've highlighted the sections which I believe are most likely to be the source of my problems. Please ignore the PHP and mouseover/mouseout parts - I don't think they're relevant to this particular problem. I'm also not bothered at this stage by the fact that I'm not adding enough cells to the new rows - I'll fix this later. At this stage I just want to get the "remove" links to remove their own rows.

    Any ideas? Knowing me it's most likely a case of me making it way more complicated than it needs to be, and digging myself into a hole! I will be eternally indebted to anyone who can give me any help!

    Thanks in advance!

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    At first glance your indexing system looks chaotic and unreliable.
    I suggest instead that each removal link's onclick handler, should work up the element hierarchy to get a reference to its containing row. The reference can then be used either to call ref.parentNode.removeChild( ref ) or to calculate the row's index to use ref.parentNode.deleteRow( index ).

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    PHP Code:
    function remove()
    el this;
        while (!(
    el instanceof HTMLTableRowElement) && el instanceof Element) {
    el el.parentNode;
    // see http://codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=187017
    <!-- tested table -->
    			<button type="button">remove</button>
    			<button type="button">remove</button>
    Last edited by Dormilich; 02-20-2010 at 02:58 PM.
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