onclick or onClick?

I thought that binding the click event in javascript is done by using node.onclick, and Chrome/Firefox seem to agree with me, but I saw it written .onClick here 4 times by 3 people, so it can't be a typo and I doubt that it's a coincidence.

So, why are people writing onClick when it does not work?

UPDATE: There are two good explanations; I don't know which one of them is the most plausible, so I will accept the answer based on popular vote, tomorrow.



Because some browsers (depending on the DOCTYPE) are tolerant of the inline onClick="something();" attribute...it seems to have spread a bit, even into JavaScript questions where it doesn't work, since case matters.

Also, specifically to stackoverflow...people using it in questions...well, most of the time they wouldn't be asking a question if their code worked :)


@Nick Craver pretty much has it nailed down and has my vote; I just wanted to add my thought.

I think it's onClick is often used in conversation because it's a bit more readable, and as an old habit from those of us who predate all lowercase HTML. However, in code - both JavaScript and HTML, onclick is correct and the only way it should appear. Even if you're using an older HTML doctype, stick to lowercase. If you ever update to a more strict doctype, you'll be glad your code doesn't need to be checked for case.


It's just that for most browsers HTML attributes are case insensitive, but JS is case-sensitive. onClick will work in html, but if you're defining the handler in JS, you need to use the lowercased onclick.


In that specific question, I used "onClick" as the original question had it in that vein and I try to change as little of the OPs code as possible to make a solution, so that they can see their mistake easily.

The camel case is invalid technically, though I like camel case in general. Frankly, it always annoys me when I see that method, as I think "Where's jQuery!".

It is heavily prevalent in the world, I see it all the time in source.

I edited my answer on the referenced question to fit, thanks for pointing it out.


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