I am trying to pull data from a list, but skip any that are empty. Below is the portion of my JS link that Is having this error:

var description = document.createElement("a");
description.innerHTML = item.Description;
var wTitle = document.createElement("div");
wTitle.innerHTML = item.Title;

if (item.URL !=null || item.URL != "") {
   description.setAttribute("href", item.URL);

Everything works fine, except the URL field, if left blank returns will return the relative url with a "/null" on the end. If the URL field is populated, it works fine.

  • console.log(item.URL,typeof item.URL) in the DEV console and check what URL is Mar 16, 2016 at 19:44
  • Not sure about JS exactly but I know in .NET you'd want to use an IsNull function, which returns a boolean indicating whether data exists or not. IIRC the explanation goes something like "You can't test equality to a null value because there's nothing there to test." So in your case something like if (item.URL.IsNull == false...
    – thanby
    Mar 16, 2016 at 19:47

1 Answer 1


The OR(||) condition should be AND(&&) in like below lines of code:

if (item.URL !=null && item.URL != "") {
   description.setAttribute("href", item.URL);

Otherwise, if item.URL is null, item.URL != "" will be true and it will go inside the if statement.

EDIT: Including excellent suggestion in Anders' comment

It would be recommended to use

if(!(SP.ScriptHelpers.isNullOrUndefinedOrEmpty(item.URL))) {
   description.setAttribute("href", item.URL);
  • Also a function provided by SP that one could use: SP.ScriptHelpers.isNullOrUndefinedOrEmpty , basically the same as the answer, but also check for undefined and saves some typing. Mar 17, 2016 at 8:33
  • @AndersAune: That's an excellent suggestion, included in answer.
    – AmitWiki
    Mar 17, 2016 at 9:13

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