ok, I have a VF page. and some inputField as well as outputText, and I wanted to do some front end calculation on these data while a button is clicked. on the outputText, for example I have:

<apex:outputText id="processor_name" value="{!ProcessorName}" label="Processor" />

here is the button:

<button type="button" onclick="executeCalculation()">Calculate</button>

And here is the jquery

function executeCalculation(){  

the outputText field is displaying data from database just fine.

the alert message is just blank, not showing anything. if I change the script to

function executeCalculation(){  

the field will hide just fine. I'm not sure why I can't get the data to display in the alert.

  • Please try to select the most appropriate tags and avoid using general tags. This will help get the right people to your question. – Samuel De Rycke Jan 13 '14 at 18:17

The jQuery .val() method is used to retrieve the value of an input element. You are attempting to use it to get the value from a non-input element which is why you are getting a null result.

Try using either of the two methods available for retrieving the contents of matched elements as text or html. (Usage depends on your specific need)


function executeCalculation() {


function executeCalculation() {
  • wow, didn't think about it at all. works perfect now. thanks so much – user3088377 Jan 13 '14 at 19:22

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