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Manipulating attributes

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Manipulating attributes


Manipulating attributes

You can manipulate two types of attributes , i.e.

  • CSS Class attribute
  • General attribute

Manipulating CSS class attribute

You can manipulate CSS class attribute using following methods :


You can add any css class to filtered elements through this method.

Example :

Following code add selected css class to last paragraph :



Using this method , you can check any of the matched elements have provided css class or not. If it has , it will reyurn 'True' otherwise 'False'.

Example :


Above code checks whether the div "mydiv" have 'foo' css class or not.


This method remove the css class from the set of matched element.

Example :

Following code will remove 'blue' css class from all even paragraphs :



This method adds or removes a class from each element in the set of matched elements depending on either the class's presence or the value of the switch argument.

Example :

Following code will change the css class of clicked element :

  $("p").click(function () {

Manipulating general attributes :

Given below methods are used to get and set the Dom attributes of elements :


This  method is used to get the attribute of the first element from the matched set of elements.

Example :

Following code will get the 'title ' attribute of the first matched 'em' :



This method is used to remove attribute from each element of the matched set.

Example :

Consider the following code line :

<input type="text" disabled="disabled" value="can't edit this" />

The following code will enables the input next to it, on button click :

$("button").click(function () {
  .val("editable now");


This method will get and combine the text of each matched elements by leaving their html tags.

Example :

Consider the following code :

div class="demo-container">
  <div class="demo-box">Demonstration Box</div>
  <li>list item 1</li>
  <li>list <strong>item</strong> 2</li>

The $('div.demo-container').text()will produce the following output :

Demonstration Box list item 1 list item 2

NOTE -The .text() method cannot be used on input elements. For input field text, use the .val() method.

.val( )

This method will get the current value of the first element in the set of matched elements.

Following are some example of '.val()' :

$(' option:selected').val();  // get the value from a dropdown select
$('').val();  // get the value from a dropdown select even easier
$('input:checkbox:checked').val();  // get the value from a checked checkbox
$('input:radio[name=bar]:checked').val(); // get the value from a set of radio buttons

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