[javascript] blur() vs. onblur()

I have a input tag with an onblur event listener:

<input id="myField" type="input" onblur="doSomething(this)" />

Via JavaScript, I want to trigger the blur event on this input so that it, in turn, calls the doSomething function.

My initial thought is to call blur:


But that doesn't work (though no error).

This does:


Why is that? .click() will call the click event attached to an element via the onclick listener. Why does blur() not work the same way?

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The answer is

I guess it's just because the onblur event is called as a result of the input losing focus, there isn't a blur action associated with an input, like there is a click action associated with a button

Contrary to what pointy says, the blur() method does exist and is a part of the w3c standard. The following exaple will work in every modern browser (including IE):

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
        <title>Javascript test</title>
        <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
            window.onload = function()
                var field = document.getElementById("field");
                var link = document.getElementById("link");
                var output = document.getElementById("output");

                field.onfocus = function() { output.innerHTML += "<br/>field.onfocus()"; };
                field.onblur = function() { output.innerHTML += "<br/>field.onblur()"; };
                link.onmouseover = function() { field.blur(); };
        <form name="MyForm">
            <input type="text" name="field" id="field" />
            <a href="javascript:void(0);" id="link">Blur field on hover</a>
            <div id="output"></div>

Note that I used link.onmouseover instead of link.onclick, because otherwise the click itself would have removed the focus.