Preventing default behavior

For some events, browsers have default behavior. For example, when you click a link, the browser will usually navigate to the link's href. There are times when we would like to prevent that. For this reason the Event API contains the preventDefault() method.

Browser events are synchronous, but because Qwik is fine-grained the loadable Qwik execution model is asynchronous. This means that at the time the event is triggered, the event handler is not yet loaded. By the time the event handler is loaded the event has already been processed by the browser and calling preventDefault() will have no effect.

To solve this Qwik provides a declarative API to automatically call preventDefault() when the event is triggered. This is achieved by adding the preventdefault:<event-name> attribute to the element. This allows Qwikloader to synchronously call preventDefault() when the event is triggered.


Clicking on the link will cause a navigation event. We wish to prevent this and call our callback instead. Add preventdefault:click to the <a href> to achieve this.

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