I've been having this problem where i couldn't add Datatables.net javascript into my Joomla article. I have been trying to include it through Jumi.

To say that my editor strips of the tag is somewhat not right as I have been able to execute Google Chart API in Joomla which also uses javascript.

Any clue why?

The code is as below :

<link href="//datatables.net/download/build/nightly/jquery.dataTables.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
        <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.9.1.min.js"></script>
        <script src="//datatables.net/download/build/nightly/jquery.dataTables.js"></script>
        <script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready( function () {
    var table = $('#example').DataTable();
} );

2 Answers 2


Unless you have disabled mootools (the default javascript library in Joomla 1.5), then the jquery may well be causing a conflict.

Instead of using $ try using jQuery, ie


The datatables javascript may also have the same problem.


The HTML tag <link> is not allowed in the <body>. Edit the index.php of the template to include the <link> and remove it from the code to be included in the article.

  • This is not good practice as it will likely be wiped out with a template update or change.
    – isherwood
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 0:44
  • Only when you are stupid enough not to create your own copy of a template when you are going to use it. Or updating without having a backup that you know works because you installed it somewhere else. But yes, those people exist!
    – sovainfo
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 12:36
  • It's bad practice to modify component core files regardless of backup protocol. It makes for more maintenance and should always be considered a last resort.
    – isherwood
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 13:02
  • Indeed, a lot of people are of that opinion. I disagree, don't consider that bad practise provided you realize the consequenses of customizing. No matter whether you do it in core, via overrides or create your own extensions. The moment you customize/extend you need to migrate instead simply update!
    – sovainfo
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 21:22

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