How can jQuery select what was clicked on in a div?

Posted on 2014-03-20
Last Modified: 2014-03-21
This is a follow up to:
The code works, but I have two elements (checkboxes) in the div. I have used the class / container function so I only have to write one function to manage these, but each of the checkboxes carries with them a data attribute that is requried for an ajax call. $(this) no longer refers to the checkbox clicked, but rather the div. How do I refer to the checkbox that was clicked (specifically) so I can extract that id from the data attribute?

<div class="playerMods"><input type="checkbox" id="autoplayStatus"> Autoplay <input type="checkbox" id="enableControls">  Enable Controls</div>

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The jQuery Code (Note: I am aware the _this isn't working... that was the impetus for this question).

                var _this = $(this);
                var a=0;
                var c=0;
                } else {
                } else {

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Question by:DrDamnit
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Accepted Solution

mankowitz earned 500 total points
ID: 39944374
If you want the selector to pick the input boxes, change the selector to

$(document).on('click', '.playerMods input', function () {


<div class="playerMods">
    <input type="checkbox" id="autoplayStatus" data-stuff="autoplaybutton">Autoplay
    <input type="checkbox" id="enableControls" data-stuff="enablebutton">Enable Controls</div>

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$(document).on('click', '.playerMods input', function () {
    var _this = $(this);
    var a = 0;
    var c = 0;
    if ($("#autoplayStatus").is(':checked')) {
        a = 1;
    } else {
        a = 0;
    if ($("#enableControls").is(':checked')) {
        c = 1;
    } else {
        c = 0;
    console.log(a, c, $(this).data("stuff"));

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Expert Comment

ID: 39944492
Hello Michael;
An alternate and simpler solution may be done without JQuery if that is preferred.
Divs and IDs

To add a message using some jquery this example does the same things;
Display Message on Click

It references the css class and its "a" content.  The same approach should be fine for checkboxes.   Ignore the rest of the CSS and DIV complexity in the 2nd sample.
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Author Comment

ID: 39945685
And if I only wanted to select checkboxes in that class / div area?

$(document).on('click','.playerMods input:checkbox',function(){

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Doesn't appear to work...
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Expert Comment

by:Chris Stanyon
ID: 39945722
Nothing wrong with your code. See it working here...

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