HTMLDialogElement: cancel event

The cancel event fires on a <dialog> when the user instructs the browser that they wish to dismiss the current open dialog. For example, the browser might fire this event when the user presses the Esc key or clicks a "Close dialog" button which is part of the browser's UI.

Bubbles No
Cancelable Yes
Interface Event
Event handler oncancel

Examples

Live example

HTML

<dialog class="example-dialog">
    <button class="close" type="reset">Close</button>
</dialog>

<button class="open-dialog">Open dialog</button>

<div class="result"></div>

JS

const result = document.querySelector('.result');

const dialog = document.querySelector('.example-dialog');

dialog.addEventListener('cancel', (event) => { 
  result.textContent = 'dialog was canceled'; 
});

const openDialog = document.querySelector('.open-dialog');
openDialog.addEventListener('click', () => {
  if (typeof dialog.showModal === 'function') {
      dialog.showModal();
      result.textContent = '';
  } else {
      result.textContent = 'The dialog API is not supported by this browser';
  }
});

const closeButton = document.querySelector('.close');
closeButton.addEventListener('click', () => {
    dialog.close();
});

Result

Specifications

Specification Status
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'cancel' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
cancel eventChrome Full support YesEdge ? Firefox No support NoIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

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See also

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