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Which element is selected by a left or right click?

Posted on 2016-07-26
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I have several folder icons that are created with the template:

<div id='folderTemplate' class="template openclosed_folder_icon subfolder" style="position:absolute; top:'30'; left:'100';">
           <img class="folder_icon" src="images/folder_closed.png"  alt="closed folder"  />
           <div class="folder_label" >name</div> 
           <img class='folder_redX' src='images/redX.png' alt='redX' title='Delete this gallery' />
    </div>  

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The folders look like this:
folders
If I left-click most folders, the e.target that comes into jQuery is the first <img> element, on line 2 above.  And if I right-click these folders with Chrome Debugging turned on, to inspect them, the element selected is this first <img> element.   But one of the folders gives me the outer div, at line 1,  when I left click it or right-click it.  Does anyone have an idea what's going on?  What controls which element is actually selected by a left or right click?

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by:Julian Hansen
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Can we see a link please or can you at least post your html and css
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I solved this but it wasn't what I thought. The problem was that the template div for the folder to the left extends too far right and overlaps the folder on the right:
overlap.jpg
So when I thought I was clicking on the images folder I was actually clicking on the template div of the Gallery folder, which blocked the mouse click from reaching the images folder. The click wasn't bringing up the template div of the images folder. It was bringing up the template div of the Gallery folder that overlayed the images folder. Fix was to make the width of the template div just enough to hold the folder name so there won't be any more overlapping of folders.
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by:Julian Hansen
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That is why a link is helpful - with the Inspect Element window you can hover over the element and see its extent and bounds - makes it easier to solve issues such as this.

Having said that though - hard coding a width is not a great solution - you should try to make your code autofit its available space - that way you won't run into this sort of problem.
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It was the only correct answer.
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