onmouseup (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+
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Syntax

onmouseup="script"

Description

The onmouseup attribute is the counterpart to the onmousedown attribute. It triggers an event when the user releases the mouse button while the cursor is positioned over the element to which the attribute is applied. Just as onmousedown is not greatly used, its partner onmouseup isn’t common.

Note that this event attribute cannot be applied to the following elements:

  • applet
  • base
  • basefont
  • bdo
  • br
  • font
  • frame
  • frameset
  • head
  • html
  • iframe
  • isindex
  • meta
  • param
  • script
  • style
  • title

Example

The event handler for onmouseup event calls the function unHighlightThis:

<div onmousedown="highlightThis();" onmouseup="unHighlightThis();">Holiday
    dates for 2008</div>

Value

This attribute has no fixed value. It’s up to the author to decide on the scripting that’s included here, be that a call to one or more defined functions, or a simple alert() statement.

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera
5.5 6.0 7.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 1.3 2.0 3.0 9.2 9.5
Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full

Every browser listed supports this attribute. However, inline event handlers such as this should be avoided. In the same way that inline CSS styles are frowned upon but externally defined CSS styles are considered good practice, inline event handlers should be stripped out and replaced with events attached unobtrusively through the DOM.

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