Check class name of current CSS selector

If a user is clicking on a button or link, how do I capture the classname and ID of that link? What if the class name is in a parent element of that link? Example:
<div class="submenu">
	<ul>
		<li><a href="/dir1" id="dir1">Directory 1</a></li>
                <li><a href="/dir2" id="dir2">Directory 2</a></li>
	</ul>
</div>

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I want to know that class was submenu and id was dir1 if first item clicked?
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Ahmed MerghaniSoftware EngineerCommented:
Hello 894359,

We can do it by using jQuery.
See the attached file.
test.html
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leakim971PluritechnicianCommented:
test page : http://jsfiddle.net/8k7yo6u9/1/

jQuery(function($) {
    $("a[id^=dir]").click(function(evt) {
        evt.preventDefault();
        var className = $(this).closest("div").attr("class");
        // checking :
        alert( className );
    });
});

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894359Author Commented:
IS there a way without jQuery and only javascript?
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leakim971PluritechnicianCommented:
here : http://jsfiddle.net/8k7yo6u9/2/

<div id="menu">
    <div class="submenu">
        <ul>
            <li><a href="/dir1" id="dir1">Directory 1</a></li>
            <li><a href="/dir2" id="dir2">Directory 2</a></li>
        </ul>
    </div>
    <div class="submenu2">
        <ul>
            <li><a href="/dir3" id="dir3">Directory 3</a></li>
            <li><a href="/dir4" id="dir4">Directory 4</a></li>
        </ul>
    </div>
</div>
<script>
    var links = document.getElementById("menu").getElementsByTagName("a");
    for(var i=0;i<links.length;i++) {
        links[i].onclick = function() {
            var className = this.parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.getAttribute("class");
            alert( className );
            return false;
        }
    }
</script>

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894359Author Commented:
leakim, is there a way to bubble up to capture the first class name if you don't know the relationship of the class name?
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