cell marked detached: why? What does it mean?

Detached cell

In the following notebook I get a cell marked <detached>

What does it mean? Why is it?

Cell with continuous spinning circle

Also if I define my reference cell with viewof I get a referring cell that never resolves and get a continuously spinning circle Screenshot 2022-11-22 at 11.42.40

Thanks in advance

An HTML element can only appear once in the page. In the context of Observable’s reactive runtime, when the output of a cell is referred to elsewhere, only one can appear. Thus Observable generates a placeholder element that says <detached>. if you’d like multiple copies of the same HTML element, you can always clone it. Thus, in your logouse cell, you might have ${logo.cloneNode(true)}, rather than just ${logo}.

The reason an element can only appear once is due to the internal representation of the webpage called the DOM, which has a tree structure by design. One characteristic of a tree is that each node has only one parent. The consequence is you can’t place it in two spots at the same time. This is a general HTML/Javascript issue and not at all unique to Observable. I do think you see it arise here more often due to the reactive environment and attempts to reuse output as you have done.

I can’t replicate that behavior in either Chrome or Firefox on my Mac. It’s worth pointing out though that logo2 and viewof logo2 are two different things. Typically, viewof logo2 would be an HTML element and logo2 would be just an associated value. As a result, I wouldn’t expect the use of logo2 to work, if you want to replicate the image viewof logo2.

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Thanks for the explanation about <detached>.

So you do not see the spinning circle for the cell logoUse2 in the notebook, don’t you?
I am using Brave but I see it also in Safari.

Here is a screenshot:

It continuously circle and nothing is shown…

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Hmm… I do see it now; not sure how I missed it. :confused:

I suppose that your logoUse2 cell is waiting for logo2 to have a value before it resolves. But logo2 doesn’t have a value since viewof logo2 has no value property.