kevin kevin - 15 days ago 7
CSS Question

how to set cursor style to pointer for links without hrefs

I have a lot of

<a>
html tags without the
href
attribute for making
onclick
javascript calls. These links do not have a pointer style of cursor. They have text style cursor.

How can I set the cursor style to pointer for links without using the
href
attribute?

I know I can add href="#". I have this in a lot of places in the html document, and would like to know how to make cursor style pointer for links without using the
href
attribute.

Answer

in your css file add this....

a:hover {
 cursor:pointer;
}

if you don't have a css file, add this to the HEAD of your HTML page

<style type="text/css">
 a:hover {
  cursor:pointer;
 }
</style>

also you can use the href="" attribute by returning false at the end of your javascript.

<a href="" onclick="doSomething(); return false;">a link</a>

this is good for many reasons. SEO or if people don't have javascript, the href="" will work. e.g.

<a href="nojavascriptpage.html" onclick="doSomething(); return false;">a link</a>

@see http://www.alistapart.com/articles/behavioralseparation

Edit: Worth noting @BalusC's answer where he mentions :hover is not necessary for the OP's use case. Although other style can be add with the :hover selector.