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How to fix: iPad does not trigger click event on some elements

iPads will not trigger click events for all elements. You can fix that, but you don't want to know why.

Example: Capturing clicks on table rows (use case would be clicking the 1st link inside it for better UI). Consider this setup:

<table> <tr> <td>hello</td> </tr> </table>


$(document).on('click', 'tr', function () { alert('row clicked') });

While this works on a desktop browser, clicking the row/cell on an iPad will just do nothing.

Turns out, the iPad will only trigger such events for elements that have

  • the cursor: pointer CSS property set (on the element or via a CSS rule),
  • or an onclick attribute (which may be empty)

So these will both work:

<table> <tr onclick=""> <td>hello</td> </tr> <tr style="cursor: pointer"> <td>hello</td> </tr> </table>

This may sound insane, so I set up a jsFiddle so you can see for yourself:

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Arne Hartherz
Last edit:
about 2 years ago
by Arne Hartherz
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