Javascript click function

I've got some code which works fine in IE but unfortunately not in Google Chrome/Firefox.

It relies upon calling a click() event on a button from javascript. Reading around it seems that this is an IE specific extension (doh). Is there any way I can do a similar thing in chrome + firefox? To clarify, it's executing the click event on a specific button, not handling what happens when the user clicks on a button.

Thanks

The code for those who asked for it:

function getLinkButton(actionsDiv)
{
    var hrefs = actionsDiv.getElementsByTagName("a");
    for (var i=0; i<hrefs.length; i++)
    {
        var id = hrefs[i].id;
        if (id !=null && id.endsWith("ShowSimilarLinkButton"))
        {
            return hrefs[i];
        }
    }
    return null;
}

function doStuff()
{
  //find the specific actions div... not important code...
  var actionsDiv = getActionsDiv(); 
  var linkButton = getLinkButton(actionsDiv);

  if (linkButton != null)
  {
    if (linkButton.click)
    {
        linkButton.click();
    }
    else
    {
        alert("Cannot click");
    }
  }
}

I don't really want to use jQuery unless absolutely necessary

Answers


I think you're looking for element.dispatchEvent:

function simulateClick() {
  var evt = document.createEvent("MouseEvents");
  evt.initMouseEvent("click", true, true, window,
    0, 0, 0, 0, 0, false, false, false, false, 0, null);
  var cb = document.getElementById("checkbox"); 
  var canceled = !cb.dispatchEvent(evt);
  if(canceled) {
    // A handler called preventDefault
    alert("canceled");
  } else {
    // None of the handlers called preventDefault
    alert("not canceled");
  }
}

I read your question as "I'm trying to fire the onclick event for my button", whereas everyone else seems to have read it as "I'm trying to handle an onclick event for my button". Please let me know if I've got this wrong.

Modifying your code, a proper x-browser implementation might be:

if (linkButton != null) 
{ 
  if (linkButton.fireEvent) 
    linkButton.fireEvent("onclick"); 
  else 
  { 
    var evt = document.createEvent("MouseEvents");
    evt.initMouseEvent("click", true, true, window,
                               0, 0, 0, 0, 0, false, false, false, false, 0, null);
    linkButton.dispatchEvent(evt);
  } 
} 

onclick attribute should be crossbrowser:

<input type="button" onclick="something()" value="" />

EDIT

And there was this question that seems to be about the same problem: setAttribute, onClick and cross browser compatibility


onclick="methodcall();" works for me fine...


you can use onClick attribute or if you need more functionality have a look at jQuery and events it offers: http://api.jquery.com/category/events/


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