About that jQuery Mobile trick: Correction

The Philosopher Developer

July 26, 2011

Faithful readers. There was an error in my previous post about refreshing styles in a jQuery Mobile app!

Ahhh!!! I can hear you screaming. Calm down; I have a fix!

(Warning: I'm not 100% sure I understand this fix; but hey, it's JavaScript! Nobody really understands1 it, right?)

A refresher: what I suggested was this:

function refreshStyles( $element ) {
  var $wrapper = $element.wrap( "<div>" ); // This is a mistake!
  $wrapper.page();                         // This doesn't work!

The above code doesn't work because wrap returns the wrapped element (not the wrapper element).

Here's that fix I mentioned (incidentally, this is how it was coded in our code base at work all along... go figure):

function refreshStyles( $element ) {
  $element.wrap( '<div id="refresh-styles-wrapper">' ); // Look Ma, no local!
  $("#refresh-styles-wrapper").page();                  // Egads! It works!

So yeah, somehow forcing jQuery to re-find the wrapper element makes everything honky dory. And if you don't believe me, check it out:


  1. I have this theory that JavaScript is the language with the greatest percentage of hackers, as opposed to actual developers. By which I mean, most of us just fiddle around with JS code until it works; but we don't entirely get what we're doing. At least that's the case with me. (Don't tell my employer.) 

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