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Javascript with CSS.  I know it can be done

Jun 24, 2012 2:33 PM

I'm still a total noob.  But I am trying something and I was hoping someone could help me.  I have a very simple idea.  I've been researching it but I am so green that I don't seem to be asking the right questions so I thought I'd come to the experts.


I want to generate a footer div in my current web project.  I want that div to have text in it generated by and exteranl javascript page.  I know it can be done but the syntax is off somehow...  Here's what I've got so far




<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="">


<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />

<title>Untitled Document</title>

<script type="text/javascript" src="javaWritingTest01.js"></script>






<div class="footer"> </div>










// JavaScript Document


function footerText()


    $('.footer').html('<p>This is the Footer</p>');





I thought that the because the html doc (seen above) calls the .js it would automatically find the footer class and insert the html.  Clearly I am wrong.  I am looking it up over at w3schools but I would appreciate any enlightenment anyone could offer.

As always thanks,




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    Jun 24, 2012 2:42 PM   in reply to chartoonz



    Is there any reason you you can't use a simple SSI (Server Side Include) file?

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    Jun 24, 2012 3:17 PM   in reply to chartoonz

    Sorry, no JS knowledge here, but I would think you need a trigger of some sort like body onload

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