FAQ: Javascript and the DOM - Create and Insert Elements


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Okay, i cannot see why we have to assign a new id for our list element in this exercise,

Assign the new element an id of "oaxaca" by using the .id property on the new variable.

since we are adding another list child at the end of the existing id element ‘more-destinations’ with:


Because assigning an Id will make it easier to manipulate in the javascript. You will need to call for this Id later on in the assignments ;).

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Aha. Is it considered a common practice to do that, whether we may or may not need to call the id in the future?


I am not sure if it is, but I would. It improves readability, and it will make it more convenient in the event that you do would like to call it in the future.

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The question (1) asks to assign an “id” to the new element created, but the “Solution” provided (below) after question (2) does not feature an “id” . I thought the new element was to be added to an existing list?

let newDestination = document.createElement(“li”);
newDestination.innerHTML = “Oaxaca, Mexico”;


Is there an OL or UL element in the HTML with id="more-destinations”? That’s what this line is querying. If found, the LI child node is appended to it.