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How to call a AJAX javascript funtion when clicking a link on a CGI generated HTML page?

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My CGI application generates HTML code with links to some (precomputed) data on the server. The data is not used for anything unless the user clicks the link. Now I want to optimize the application using AJAX to generate the data on the fly only when the user clicks the link.

The following code would work in a normal HTML page:
<a href="#" onclick="AjaxFunction();return false;">link</a>

But it doesn't work in my case, I guess because the HTML page with the links was generated by the CGI. The browser looks for litterally "#" at the root of my website (www.example.com/#)
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by:gurvinder372
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<<The browser looks for litterally "#" at the root of my website>>
Does the AjaxFunction() method gets called?
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when you have given onclick, href is not required, so either you can
1) remove href="#".
2) give href= "javascript:AjaxFunction()"; and remove onclick
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try:
<a href="" onclick="AjaxFunction();return false;">link</a>
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by:Phazz
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Thanks to both of you!

Guruvinder372's first suggestion doesn't work, but the second one works perfectly. Djuzoran's suggestion works too.

Actually I found out that my original code in the question also works! - but my AjaxFunction wasn't executed (misspelled function name, embarrassing, huh?)

Is any of the suggestions best in terms of cross-browser support?
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both should works on all browsers.
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Thanks for your help.
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thanks for the points
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