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    Web app developer since 1994 and Google Cloud Platform Instructor now residing in Colorado. Besides tech, I enjoy landscape photography and share my work at ColoradoPhoto.gallery.

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Don’t ever do this in GWT

Posted by David Chandler on October 16, 2009

		<div id="something" />

This cost me a night and a day in the deep. It seems to freak out the GWT DOM class such that subsequent calls to it for other IDs fail, in my case causing the screen to vanish entirely. This works fine:

		<div id="something"></div>

4 Responses to “Don’t ever do this in GWT”

  1. Matt Martin said

    Ya.. I’ve seen this before.. the same sort of thing happens with tags too.. so beware…

  2. David said

    Thanks for sharing, and this used to happen with IE (6?) with the
    This is why we’re forced to the form:
    Makes no sense.

  3. David said

    What I wrote (and the parser killed) was:
    We are using the form


    Rather than using


    entity, because IE (6?) had problems with this form.

  4. David said

    Ohhhh never mind – I just wrote about a self closing script tag – but the parser always drops it.
    Sorry for the spam.

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