howto: alternate list items in a div with javascript

So, TJ and I were trying to figure out a way to get the sidebar on ganb to alternate list item background colors. We did some research on possible CSS classes and pseudo classes but could not figure out a way to do it how we wanted to. So, I set out to create reusable javascript method to take care of this issue.

What I wanted:
1. alternating list item background colors
2. ability to specify which container i wanted to apply this method to (in this case a div).

So, here it is …

1:  <script language="javascript">

2:      function doLoadFunctions() {

3:          setListItemAltColor('test2');

4:      }


6:      function setListItemAltColor (src) {

7:          var divWithLists = document.getElementById(src);


9:          var items = divWithLists.getElementsByTagName('li');

10:          var itemsLength = items.length;


12:          for ( i = 0; i < itemsLength; i++ ) {

13:              if ( i%2 == 0 ) { items[i].style.backgroundColor = "#369"; }

14:          }

15:      }

16:  </script>

I generally have a function that handles all onload javascript events that I call like this: body onload=”doLoadFunctions()”. Within function doLoadFunctions(), simply call function setListItemAltColor (src), whereas src is the container you wish to apply this to. In the example above, the div I want to apply this to is ‘test2’.

There are a few interesting javascript functions I used in this code.
1. if ( i%2 == 0) — checks to see if integer i is odd or even
2. divWithLists.getElementsByTagName(‘tag’) returns a collection of all elements with the specified tag — in this instance it’s all ‘li’ tags.

Download a simple example here.


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