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Efficiently add a click event handler to many elements

When you need to add a click event handler to 50+ elements, this might slow down the browser.

An alternative is to register an event at the root of the DOM tree (document). Then wait for events to bubble up and check whether the triggering element ( matches the selector before you run your callback.


For the examples below let's assume we have many <a class="dialog-link" ...> elements on our page. Clicking them should open a modal dialog.

Native JavaScript

document.addEventListener('click', function(event) { if ('.dialog-link')) { // Open dialog } });


up.on('click', '.dialog-link', function(event, link) { // Open dialog });


$(document).on('click', '.dialog-link', function(event) { // Open dialog });

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