I have a function to display or hide some elements. What I want to do is to manage the display of those elements regarding a value.

How should I replace the term toggle? Toggling for me means 'show the element if it's hidden, or hide it if it shown.' (yes, I mean toggling visibility)

function togglePassengers() {
    var nbPassengers = $("#nbPassengersForTravel").val(),
        $passengers = $('#d_passenger').find('fieldset');

    $passengers.each( togglePassenger );

    function togglePassenger(i){
        $passenger = $(this);
        if( ++i <= nbPassengers )

    function showPassenger($passenger){
            .find("select.age option[value='-1']").remove();

    function hidePassenger($passenger){
        var $passengerAge = $passenger.find("select.age");
        if ( ! $passengerAge.find("option[value='-1']:first-child").length )
            $passengerAge.prepend("<option value='-1'>---------</option>").val('-1');
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think, I may go for changeVisibilityOfPassenger(i) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2015 at 16:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ SetPassengerVisibility? \$\endgroup\$
    – sodawillow
    Jan 16, 2015 at 16:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think a function named setSomething should take the value setted as a parameter. Which is not the case, here. (And I prefer the camelCase style :-) ). Thank you anyway. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2015 at 17:04

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I think togglePassenger is not the only naming problem in your code.

A function parameter should not be a single letter except in a very limited number of cases. But I don't think that this is not one of them; a reader does not automatically understand what i actually does.

I would also rename nbPassengers, because it is unclear what nb means.

What I think your function does is show the first n passengers, and hide the rest. If that is the case, I would not use toggle, because as you said, there really is no toggling going on. You could go with something like updateVisibility to avoid this confusion, although it's a bit unconcrete. Whatever name you do choose, I would add a comment to the function explaining what it does.


  • I would use curly brackets even for one line statements to avoid future bugs
  • your spacing is sometimes inconsistent (eg spacing around variable in function calls)
  • \$\begingroup\$ updateVisibility sounds good ! However, I never use single letter variable BUT for index. I think it is readable. I could go for passengerIndex, true. for nbPassenger, I don't know... numberOfPassengers seems a bit long. But at least I should put nbPassengers with plural. Thanx. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2015 at 16:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't think that numberOfPassengers is all that long. But you could also use passangerCount, which is quite clear and shorter. \$\endgroup\$
    – tim
    Jan 16, 2015 at 16:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ With updateVisibility I may use passengerIndex instead of i because the subject is not in the function name. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2015 at 16:12

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