Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
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In programming, an event is an action that occurs as a result of the user or another source, such as a mouse click. An event handler is a routine that deals with the event, allowing a programmer to write code that is executed when the event occurs.

Other common event examples

  • A web browser completely loading a web page.
  • A file being created or modified on a filesystem.
  • A hardware sensor such as a webcam or microphone receiving sensory input.
  • The arrival of incoming network traffic.
  • The occurrence of an error at the program or system level.

Events on the Web

Another example of an event is a user clicking a button on a web page. This action creates what is known as a "click" event. JavaScript could then be used to program a reaction to the event, for instance, you could use the onclick event handler shown in the following box:

<form action="#" method="post">
<input type="button" value="Click for a Message" onclick="window.alert('Hello!');">

The code reacts to a click event on the button, sending the "Hello" message the viewer. To see this in action, be sure JavaScript is enabled in your browser and click the button below.

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