When to choose mouseover() and hover() function?


Jquery Problem Overview

What are the differences between jQuery .mouseover() and .hover() functions? If they are totally same why jQuery uses both?

Jquery Solutions

Solution 1 - Jquery

From the official jQuery documentation

  • .mouseover()
    Bind an event handler to the "mouseover" JavaScript event, or trigger that event on an element.

  • .hover() Bind one or two handlers to the matched elements, to be executed when the mouse pointer enters and leaves the elements.

    Calling $(selector).hover(handlerIn, handlerOut) is shorthand for: $(selector).mouseenter(handlerIn).mouseleave(handlerOut);

  • .mouseenter()

    Bind an event handler to be fired when the mouse enters an element, or trigger that handler on an element.

    mouseover fires when the pointer moves into the child element as well, while mouseenter fires only when the pointer moves into the bound element.

What this means

Because of this, .mouseover() is not the same as .hover(), for the same reason .mouseover() is not the same as .mouseenter().

$('selector').mouseover(over_function) // may fire multiple times

// enter and exit functions only called once per element per entry and exit
$('selector').hover(enter_function, exit_function) 

Solution 2 - Jquery

.hover() function accepts two function arguments, one for mouseenter event and one for mouseleave event.

Solution 3 - Jquery

You can try it out http://api.jquery.com/mouseover/ on the jQuery doc page. It's a nice little, interactive demo that makes it very clear and you can actually see for yourself.

In short, you'll notice that a mouse over event occurs on an element when you are over it - coming from either its child OR parent element, but a mouse enter event only occurs when the mouse moves from the parent element to the element.

[1]: http://api.jquery.com/mouseover/ "here"

Solution 4 - Jquery

From the offical docs: (http://api.jquery.com/hover/)

> The .hover() method binds handlers for both mouseenter and mouseleave events. You can use it to simply apply behavior to an element during the time the mouse is within the element.

Solution 5 - Jquery

As you can read at http://api.jquery.com/mouseenter/

> The mouseenter JavaScript event is proprietary to Internet Explorer. > Because of the event's general utility, jQuery simulates this event so > that it can be used regardless of browser. This event is sent to an > element when the mouse pointer enters the element. Any HTML element > can receive this event.


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