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Anchor tag - disable HREF - call javascript function

Posted on 2009-07-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-07

I was pretty sure i knew how to do this, yet it doesnt seem to want to work in firefox, please can you look at the code below and see what im doing wrong...

It still links though to the HREF (on firefox).

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
                function fireAlert()
        <a href="yourlink.com" onclick="fireAlert();return false">test1</a>
        <a href="mylink.com" onclick="fireAlert();return false">test1</a>
        <a href="theirlink.com" onclick="fireAlert();return false">test1</a> 

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Question by:Dean OBrien
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Accepted Solution

Albert Van Halen earned 250 total points
ID: 24792803
The statement alert() (with no arguments) fails.
Just alert something (ie alert("Hi there!")) and you will see that it works
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Expert Comment

by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 24793355
and it is nicer to return false from the function (points to VanHalen):

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
                function fireAlert()
                        return false
        <a href="yourlink.com" onclick="return fireAlert()">test1</a>
        <a href="mylink.com" onclick="return fireAlert()">test1</a>
        <a href="theirlink.com" onclick="return fireAlert()">test1</a> 

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by:Dean OBrien
ID: 31600533
Cheers for comments

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