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Get id of clicked url

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I'm sure this is simple and involves 'this' but my javascript powers
are not too hot.

From the url below how do I pick up the url's id in the function
taking into consideration this could be one of many urls?

<a href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="foo()" id="bar">

I thought this might have worked but it doesn't...

foo {
str = this.GetElementById
}

Cheers,

Chris
Aug 31 '08 #1
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"Chris" <ma*********@googlemail.comwrote in message
news:94**********************************@l42g2000 hsc.googlegroups.com...
I'm sure this is simple and involves 'this' but my javascript powers
are not too hot.

From the url below how do I pick up the url's id in the function
taking into consideration this could be one of many urls?

<a href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="foo()" id="bar">

I thought this might have worked but it doesn't...

foo {
str = this.GetElementById
}
window.event.srcElement.id;
Cheers,

Chris

Aug 31 '08 #2

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On 31 Aug, 15:44, "MikeB" <m.byerleyATVerizonDottieNettiewrote:
"Chris" <matchett...@googlemail.comwrote in message

news:94**********************************@l42g2000 hsc.googlegroups.com...
I'm sure this is simple and involves 'this' but my javascript powers
are not too hot.
From the url below how do I pick up the url's id in the function
taking into consideration this could be one of many urls?
<a href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="foo()" id="bar">
I thought this might have worked but it doesn't...
foo {
str = this.GetElementById
}

window.event.srcElement.id;
Cheers,
Chris

Thanks Mike.

Chris
Aug 31 '08 #3

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Chris wrote:
On 31 Aug, 15:44, "MikeB" <m.byerleyATVerizonDottieNettiewrote:
>"Chris" <matchett...@googlemail.comwrote in message:
>>I'm sure this is simple and involves 'this' but my javascript powers
are not too hot.
From the url below how do I pick up the url's id in the function
taking into consideration this could be one of many urls?
<a href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="foo()" id="bar">
Don't. <http://jibbering.com/faq/#FAQ4_42>
>>I thought this might have worked but it doesn't...
foo {
str = this.GetElementById
This cannot work. It is syntactically invalid (the identifier MUST be
preceded by the `function' keyword, and followed by a list of named
arguments, even if that is empty), pointless (`this' refers to the Global
Object in a globally called method, not the object handling the event),
error-prone (`str' was not declared a variable), and simply wrong even if
the correct object was being referred to (ECMAScript implementations are
case-sensitive, the method identifier is `getElementById', and it would not
be called, but referenced, here because the argument list was missing.)
>>}
window.event.srcElement.id;
That is IE-proprietary, and therefore nonsense in this general context. The
(so far) interoperable approach is the obvious one (which includes proper
syntax):

function foo(o)
{
var str = o.id;
}

<a href="..." onclick="foo(this)" id="bar">

However, it is likely then that you don't need the ID anymore as you have
the object element reference with `o' already.

Please RTFFAQ and RTFM before you post here again.
>[...]

Thanks Mike.
My name is not Mike, but you are welcome, I think.
PointedEars
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(This won't prevent people from viewing your source, but no one
will want to steal it.)
-- from <http://www.vortex-webdesign.com/help/hidesource.htm>
Sep 1 '08 #4

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On Aug 31, 3:44*pm, "MikeB" <m.byerleyATVerizonDottieNettiewrote:
"Chris" <matchett...@googlemail.comwrote in message

news:94**********************************@l42g2000 hsc.googlegroups.com...
I'm sure this is simple and involves 'this' but my javascript powers
are not too hot.
From the url below how do I pick up the url's id in the function
taking into consideration this could be one of many urls?
<a href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="foo()" id="bar">
I thought this might have worked but it doesn't...
foo {
str = this.GetElementById
}

window.event.srcElement.id;
Cheers,
Chris

Remember, window.event only works on Internet Explorer versions 5.0
onwards. What you need is a simple cross-browser solution like the
following:

function foo(e)
{
var sourceElm = (e.target) ? e.target : window.event.srcElement;
alert(sourceElm.id);
}

...where e is passed as an object of window.event in IE, but in
Firefox, it is passed as an implicit event object. IE uses the
window.event.srcElement routine to get to the calling object,
but in EOMB (every other modern browser), e.target is used to
retrieve the calling object.

You will call the above method simply like this:

<a id="bar" href="javascript:void(0);" onclick="foo(event)">Click
me</a>

Cheers,
Arun
Sep 1 '08 #5

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"Arun" <a.********@gmail.comwrote in message
news:c4**********************************@p25g2000 hsf.googlegroups.com...
On Aug 31, 3:44 pm, "MikeB" <m.byerleyATVerizonDottieNettiewrote:
"Chris" <matchett...@googlemail.comwrote in message

news:94**********************************@l42g2000 hsc.googlegroups.com...
I'm sure this is simple and involves 'this' but my javascript powers
are not too hot.
From the url below how do I pick up the url's id in the function
taking into consideration this could be one of many urls?
<a href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="foo()" id="bar">
I thought this might have worked but it doesn't...
foo {
str = this.GetElementById
}

window.event.srcElement.id;
Cheers,
Chris

Remember, window.event only works on Internet Explorer versions 5.0
onwards. What you need is a simple cross-browser solution like the
following:

function foo(e)
{
var sourceElm = (e.target) ? e.target : window.event.srcElement;
alert(sourceElm.id);
}
>
Thanks for this. I don't do much browser scripting, but I did know of the
IE solution.
>
...where e is passed as an object of window.event in IE, but in
Firefox, it is passed as an implicit event object. IE uses the
window.event.srcElement routine to get to the calling object,
but in EOMB (every other modern browser), e.target is used to
retrieve the calling object.

You will call the above method simply like this:

<a id="bar" href="javascript:void(0);" onclick="foo(event)">Click
me</a>

Cheers,
Arun
Sep 2 '08 #6

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On Sep 2, 1:05*am, Arun <a.regin...@gmail.comwrote:
[...]
Remember, window.event only works on Internet Explorer versions 5.0
onwards. What you need is a simple cross-browser solution like the
following:

*function foo(e)
*{
* *var sourceElm = (e.target) ? e.target : window.event.srcElement;
* *alert(sourceElm.id);
*}
Given your code below, e is a reference to window.event in IE
already. The usual pattern here is:

function foo(e) {
var e = e || window.event;
var tgt = e.target || e.srcElement;

/* do stuff with e and tgt */

}

Noting that tgt will be reference to the element that initiated the
event, which is not necessarily the element that has the listener
(consider a bubbling event from a span inside the A element).
[...]
..where e is passed as an object of window.event in IE, but in
Firefox, it is passed as an implicit event object. IE uses the
window.event.srcElement routine to get to the calling object,
but in EOMB (every other modern browser), e.target is used to
retrieve the calling object.

You will call the above method simply like this:

* <a id="bar" href="javascript:void(0);" onclick="foo(event)">Click
* *me</a>
Put something meaningful in the href attribute or replace the A
element with something more appropriate (a button or styled span
maybe).
The onclick listener should return false if the link should not be
followed:

<a href="usefulLink.html" onclick="return foo(event);"... </a>

and within foo:

function foo(e) {
if (...) {
/* all OK, don't follow the link */
return false;
} else {
...
}
}
The use of event as an argument to the call to foo means that both in
common event models a reference to the event object will be passed to
foo. It is the only way to get a reference to the event object from
an inline listener in browsers that don't implement window.event.

In any case, as suggested by Thomas, the simplest solution is to have
the listener pass a reference to the element using the this keyword:

<a ... onclick="return foo(this);"... </a>

and:

function foo(el) {
/* el is a reference to the node that called foo */
}

So el will be a reference to the element that has the listener,
regardless of the source or target element.
--
Rob
Sep 2 '08 #7

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