another idea, you might try selectors -

a) if you can put a class on the td cells you are interested in, call
the class cell1 for instance <td class="cell1">, then reference it
with

    $$('#search tbody tr td.cell1').each(function(e){ ...
e.innerHTML ...});

b) as SWilk said use nth-child, but employing $$ to save a bit of
clutter

    $$('#search tbody tr > td:nth-child(1)').each(function(e){ ...
e.innerHTML ...});

--Jay

On Nov 20, 7:18 pm, Jlopez <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm trying to get the text from the first <TD> of every <TR> in the
> <TBODY> of my table.
> To make it trickier I also would lke unique items.
>
> This is what I have so far that works, but I feel like there should be
> a cleaner way of doing it.
>
> My table id is 'search'
> I want to dump the contents into a div named 'distinct'
>
>                 var events = new Array();
>         var rows2 = $('search').down('tbody').childElements();
>
>         rows2.each(
>                 function(e) {
>
>                 if (e.down('td').down('a').innerHTML.toLowerCase().include
> (sk.toLowerCase()))
>                 {
>                         events.push(e.down('td').down('a').innerHTML);
>                 }
>                 }
>         );
>
>         rows2.clear();
>
>         events.uniq().each(function(e) {
>                 $('distinct').insert(e);
>         });
>
>         events.clear();
>
> Thanks,
> Joel
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