Duplicated id="x" in WP Meta Boxes

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I am building a very minimalistic calendar plugin for WP (an idea that doesn’t seem to turn out very well so far), and I got a cryptic JS error when adding JQuery datepicker saying “a is undefined”. I debugged this for a good two or three hours, until today I tried replacing the minified datepicker.js file with source code.

The error turned out to be caused by the same HTML id being assigned to a meta box div as well as to a custom field.

function transparentcalendar_add_meta_boxes() {
    add_meta_box( 'transparentcalendar-time', __( 'Calendar', 'transparentcalendar' ), 'transparentcalendar_meta_box_time', 'post' );
}

function transparentcalendar_meta_box_time( $post ) {
    $time_current = transparentcalendar_post_get_time( $post->ID );

    echo '<div class="form-field">
        <label for="transparentcalendar-time">' . __('Time', 'transparentcalendar') . '</label>
         <input id="transparentcalendar-time" name="transparentcalendar_time" type="text" size="20" value="' . $time_current . '" class="datepicker">';
}

I have learned these two simple things:

    • Get a HTML validator browser plugin, thus I might have noticed the duplicated id earlier
    • Use a dev version of WP when developing, as it uses non-minified JS

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