[Greasemonkey] Alternative to innerHTML?

Scott Turner srt19170 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 20:34:38 EDT 2005

This question doesn't have anything to do with Greasemonkey, but I'm going 
to ask it here anyway since I know there are a lot of Javascript gurus here 

Playtpus has an "Insert HTML" function that works by creating a <DIV>, 
setting innerHTML to whatever the user has entered, and then inserting the 
<DIV> into the DOM tree at the appropriate spot. This works fine in most 
situations, but fails if you try to do something like insert a new <TD> in a 
table. The <DIV> wrapping the new HTML breaks the insert -- you end up with 
a <DIV><TD></TD></DIV> in the table instead of a <TD></TD>.

So I thought to fix this by creating the <DIV> as before, and then grabbing 
all the child nodes of the <DIV>, promoting them up a level in the DOM tree, 
and then deleting the <DIV>. This almost works.

The problem is that when you create a <DIV> node and set innerHTML to 
something like "<TD>foobar</TD>" you don't actually end up with <TD> child 
nodes. Apparently the parser that converts the innerHTML to DOM recognizes 
that <TD> inside <DIV> is invalid and never creates the node. So promoting 
up doesn't work because there's no <TD> node to promote.

So my question is whether anyone has any good solutions to this problem, or 
in general how to take text HTML and insert it into a DOM tree. Any help 
will be much appreciated, thanks!

-- Scott
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