The EventListener method handleEvent() method is called by the user agent when an event is sent to the EventListener, in order to handle events that occur on an observed EventTarget.




An Event object describing the event that has been fired and needs to be processed.

Return value

undefined. If you return a value, the browser will ignore it.


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'EventListener.handleEvent()' in that specification.
Living Standard No change.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Events Specification
The definition of 'EventListener.handleEvent()' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 12 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 7 1.0
Feature Android Webview Chrome for Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support



12 1.0 (1.0) 9.0 6.0 1.0

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