class Event

Library: XML
Package: DOM
Header: Poco/DOM/Event.h


The Event interface is used to provide contextual information about an event to the handler processing the event. An object which implements the Event interface is generally passed as the first parameter to an event handler. More specific context information is passed to event handlers by deriving additional interfaces from Event which contain information directly relating to the type of event they accompany. These derived interfaces are also implemented by the object passed to the event listener.


Direct Base Classes: DOMObject

All Base Classes: DOMObject

Known Derived Classes: MutationEvent

Member Summary

Member Functions: autoRelease, bubbles, cancelable, currentTarget, eventPhase, initEvent, isCanceled, isStopped, preventDefault, setCurrentPhase, setCurrentTarget, setTarget, stopPropagation, target, timeStamp, type

Inherited Functions: autoRelease, duplicate, release




The event is currently being evaluated at the target EventTarget.


The current event phase is the bubbling phase.


The current event phase is the capturing phase.


Event protected

    Document * pOwnerDocument,
    const XMLString & type

Event protected

    Document * pOwnerDocument,
    const XMLString & type,
    EventTarget * pTarget,
    bool canBubble,
    bool isCancelable


~Event protected virtual


Member Functions

autoRelease virtual

void autoRelease();

bubbles inline

bool bubbles() const;

Used to indicate whether or not an event is a bubbling event. If the event can bubble the value is true, else the value is false.

cancelable inline

bool cancelable() const;

Used to indicate whether or not an event can have its default action prevented. If the default action can be prevented the value is true, else the value is false.

currentTarget inline

EventTarget * currentTarget() const;

Used to indicate the EventTarget whose EventListeners are currently being processed. This is particularly useful during capturing and bubbling.

eventPhase inline

PhaseType eventPhase() const;

Used to indicate which phase of event flow is currently being evaluated.


void initEvent(
    const XMLString & eventType,
    bool canBubble,
    bool isCancelable

The initEvent method is used to initialize the value of an Event created through the DocumentEvent interface. This method may only be called before the Event has been dispatched via the dispatchEvent method, though it may be called multiple times during that phase if necessary. If called multiple times the final invocation takes precedence. If called from a subclass of Event interface only the values specified in the initEvent method are modified, all other attributes are left unchanged.


void preventDefault();

If an event is cancelable, the preventDefault method is used to signify that the event is to be canceled, meaning any default action normally taken by the implementation as a result of the event will not occur. If, during any stage of event flow, the preventDefault method is called the event is canceled. Any default action associated with the event will not occur. Calling this method for a non-cancelable event has no effect. Once preventDefault has been called it will remain in effect throughout the remainder of the event's propagation. This method may be used during any stage of event flow.


void stopPropagation();

The stopPropagation method is used prevent further propagation of an event during event flow. If this method is called by any EventListener the event will cease propagating through the tree. The event will complete dispatch to all listeners on the current EventTarget before event flow stops. This method may be used during any stage of event flow.

target inline

EventTarget * target() const;

Used to indicate the EventTarget to which the event was originally dispatched.

timeStamp inline

Poco::UInt64 timeStamp() const;

Used to specify the time (in milliseconds relative to the epoch) at which the event was created. Due to the fact that some systems may not provide this information the value of timeStamp may be not available for all events. When not available, a value of 0 will be returned. Examples of epoch time are the time of the system start or 0:0:0 UTC 1st January 1970. This implementation always returns 0.

type inline

const XMLString & type() const;

The name of the event (case-insensitive). The name must be an XML name.

isCanceled protected inline

bool isCanceled() const;

returns true if and only if the event has been cancelled.

isStopped protected inline

bool isStopped() const;

returns true if and only if propagation of the event has been stopped.

setCurrentPhase protected

void setCurrentPhase(
    PhaseType phase

sets the current phase

setCurrentTarget protected

void setCurrentTarget(
    EventTarget * pTarget

sets the current target

setTarget protected

void setTarget(
    EventTarget * pTarget

sets the target