FAQ: Learn HTML: Script - Defer attribute


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This question isn’t about the purpose of the exercise. The “defer” tag works fine. The rest of the exercise confuses me. I assume there’s a bug somewhere but I can’t figure out where it is.

In the instructions for this exercise it states

Each script tag re-styles the Codecademy logo, but the turnYellow.js executes last, making the font color 'yellow'

I’m wondering why the script isn’t working (i.e. the font color doesn’t turn yellow). I clicked run, and the code (I didn’t write the code - it was pre-coded) looks like it should work:

var elem = document.getElementById('logo');
   	  elem.style.color = "yellow";

It seems to linked properly in the html file:

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
    <script id="blue" src="turnBlue.js" ></script>
   <script id="yellow" src="turnYellow.js"></script>

Anyone know why it doesn’t work?


According to the Chrome Dev Console, the default color is pink, not yellow. Maybe a mistake?


Same bug over here. Would also like to know why it doesn’t turn yellow on a run without the defer tag.

When looking in the console I get the following errors:

api.segment.io/v1/p:1 Failed to load resource: net::ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT
js-agent.newrelic.com/nr-spa-1118.min.js:1 Failed to load resource: net::ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT
geo.qualaroo.com/json/:1 Failed to load resource: net::ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT
api.segment.io/v1/m:1 Failed to load resource: net::ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT
turnBlue.js:2 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'style' of null
    at turnBlue.js:2
turnYellow.js:2 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'style' of null
    at turnYellow.js:2