[thelist] onclick in table row

Sam Beam sbeam at syxyz.net
Tue Jan 27 08:54:59 CST 2004

On Tuesday 27 January 2004 05:16, kris burford wrote:
> >i've some legacy code that is littered with tables containing
> > onclick links in table rows and standard links in the td. (as
> > below). it means the rows highlight nicely on mouseover (via css)
> > but the client (on macs) say that the td links don't work.
> >
> ><tr class="dataTableRowSelected"
> > onmouseover="this.style.cursor='hand'"
> > onclick="document.location.href='foo.html">
> ><td><a href="bar.html">link</a></td>
> ></tr>

This might be a sticky problem, you are maybe looking at a big fat juicy 
IE/Mac bug. But look into event capturing/bubbling. Check out this 
and you just have to make sure that IE/Mac is NOT cancelling the bubble 
by default for some reason.

here is function to intentionally stop the <A> tag from having an effect 
when wrapped in a certain magic div, FWIW:

// cross-browser way of getting events to cancel bubbling 
function grindToHalt(e) {
    if (! e) {
        alert ('no event received');
    else if (e.stopPropagation) {
        e.stopPropagation(); // use w3c standard 
            if (e.cancelable) e.preventDefault();
        else {
            e.cancelBubble = true; // use IEs special methods
            e.returnValue = false;

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