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element Object

Returns a reference to the tag in the primary document to which the behavior is attached.

Members Table

The following table lists the members exposed by the element object.

Property Description
defaults Retrieves a dispatch representing a default.
document Retrieves a dispatch representing a document.
element Retrieves an element.
name Retrieves a behavior name as a string.
urn Retrieves a Uniform Resource Name (URN) as a string.
value Sets or retrieves a value.
Method Description
createEventObject Creates an event object that can be used to pass event context information to the PUBLIC:EVENT element's fire method.
fire Fires the event, given an event object.
fireChange Notifies the containing document that the value of the property has changed by firing the onpropertychange event on the element.
Object Description
Element Constructor Defines the properties and methods inherited by objects in the Element Constructor prototype chain.


All properties, methods, and events of the element to which the behavior is attached are accessible to HTML Component (HTC) using this object. The element object is the default object of properties, methods, or event names specified in the HTC. Therefore, they can be specified directly, without using the element keyword.


This example uses a behavior to implement a table of contents that expands and collapses when the user clicks it. The HTC attaches to the element's onmouseover event and sets the color property of the element to red. The color of the element can be toggled through the style object directly, instead of referring to it as The HTC also sets the cursor property to "hand" to signal the user that the element can be clicked to toggle visibility of its children.

<PUBLIC:ATTACH EVENT="onmouseover" ONEVENT="Hilite" />

var prevColor;

function Hilite()
   prevColor = style.color;  = "red"; = "hand";

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See Also

Introduction to DHTML Behaviors, Implementing DHTML Behaviors in Script