[whatwg] Adding mouseenter and mouseleave events

Magnus Kristiansen magnusrk+whatwg at pvv.org
Wed Mar 14 17:30:13 PDT 2007

Mouseover/out events will trigger when elements contained inside the  
EventTarget are hovered, and then bubble up. This is contrary to the most  
obvious interpretation, as you are still inside (over) the targeted  
element. IE supports two events, mouseenter[1] and mouseleave[2], which  
solve this problem by not bubbling.

It is possible to work around the problem by using target/relatedTarget  
and walking up the DOM tree. However, this requires extra code for every  
event handler. Besides, these events were often not meant to be generated  
in the first place, by the intent of the author.

I have no statistics for how often mouseover/out are used with and without  
intent of bubbling, but the anecdotal evidence from my own experience has  
never found me wanting it.

I suggest these two events be added to the web applications spec.


Magnus Kristiansen
"Don't worry; the Universe IS out to get you."

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