JavaScript Triggers

JavaScript Triggers describes how you can use custom attributes to attach JavaScript events to elements.

It’s a good article and an interesting concept, but like several of the people commenting the article over at A List Apart, I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble of creating a custom DTD to be able to use custom attributes.

Posted on February 2, 2005 in JavaScript, Quicklinks


  1. Like the original poster on alistapart mentioned. ClassNames are a great (though) lesser alternative to bolt event handlers on. I’ve been playing with these for quite a while too. It keeps the source code nice and strict with all the event handling done externaly.

    Imaging having this in you code:

    <dt class="link classMouseHover toggleNextNode">
        click this to open definition 1
    <dd class="hideThisNode">
        Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

    Instead of all this:

    <dt onclick="
        click this to open definition 1
    <dd id="hidethis0">
        Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var objNode0 = document.getElementById('hidethis0'); = 'none';

    You might want a little look at my examples.

  2. February 3, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Woolly: yes, that is a lot cleaner, and I’ve been using similar methods myself lately. I don’t see myself going to the trouble of making a custom DTD though. Not at the moment, anyway.

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