Disable hyperlink after clicking it

I have a hyper link defined as follows:

<a href='...' id='submitButton'><img src="img/submit.gif" border="0"></a>

When the link is clicked, I would like to disable this link. Can it be done?

Thanks!
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SwapnilSoftware ArchitectCommented:
Hi yongsing,

it is not possible to disable hyperlink, but you can hide hyperlink after click on it once.

by document.all.hyperlinkname.style.display = 'none'
and for showing it back document.all.hyperlinkname.style.display = ''


Regards,
NetSwap
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
It is possible.
Like this:



<a href='http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_21893830.html' id='submitButton' onClick="this.onclick=function(){return false}" target="EE"><img src="img/submit.gif" border="0"></a>

The target is only for demo. It works also for target="_self".


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geordie007Commented:

Netswap is right, but beware. the document.all method is an old internet explorer reference. nowadays, all modern browsers - including internet explorer - use document.getElementById. using your example, you could do this:

document.getElementById('submitButton').style.display = 'none';

this would remove it completely though, so you would get document flow issues, as any content below it would move up, any content to the right, would move across, etc. to combat that you could say:

document.getElementById('submitButton').style.visibility= 'hidden';

of course, you may want to keep the image there, but simply make it so that it didn't work anymore. to do this, you could change the href of the link, like this:

<script type="text/javascript">
var clicked = false;
function isClicked(){
      if(clicked){
      document.getElementById('submitButton').href = "javascript:;";
      }
      clicked = true;
}
</script>

<a href="(MY ORIGINAL LINK OR FUNCTION)" onclick="isClicked()" id="submitButton"><img src="img/submit.gif" border="0"></a>

the first time it's clicked, clicked is false, so it doesn't change the href, and your original action happens. the second time its clicked, clicked is now true, so it sets your href to "javascript:;", which is the equivalent of "do nothing at all".

hope this helps.
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callrsCommented:
Just created & tested this. It works! : )
change http://www.google.com to the link you want your user to go to.

<a href=""' id='submitButton'  onclick="this.outerHTML='<img src=img/submit.gif border=0>';window.open('http://www.google.com');"><img src="img/submit.gif" border="0"></a>
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callrsCommented:
Even better:
<a href=""' id='submitButton'  onclick="this.outerHTML=this.innerHTML;window.open('http://www.google.com');"><img src="img/submit.gif" border="0"></a>
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
document.all and this.outerHTML is IE only.
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ZylochCommented:
I like Zvonko's since it is cross browser and quite elegant :D *bows down* heh (ok, this comment is probably just wasted space, but I did really like it; I would've never thought to set its onclick to return false, lol)

Ted
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
Thanks Ted :)
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