Mozilla::DOM::EventListener is a wrapper around an instance of Mozilla's nsIDOMEventListener interface. This class inherits from Supports.

 * The nsIDOMEventListener interface is a callback interface for
 * listening to events in the Document Object Model.
 * For more information on this interface please see 
 * L<http:E<sol>E<sol>www.w3.orgE<sol>TRE<sol>DOM-Level-2-EventsE<sol>>

From DOM 2 spec: The EventListener interface is the primary method for handling events. Users implement the EventListener interface and register their listener on an EventTarget using the AddEventListener method. The users should also remove their EventListener from its EventTarget after they have completed using the listener.

Here is why support for EventListener is considered "experimental". If your listener goes out of scope, HandleEvent will segfault because the class's destructor gets called. (So you have to put the listener in some "global" variable.) Obviously I need to prevent the segfault from happening, but the current workaround is to make sure there's always something pointing to an EventListener so that it doesn't go out of scope. The ideal situation would be the following. Say that you call AddEventListener in one signal handler with a certain EventListener. You're not likely to want to also call RemoveEventListener from the same handler. However, how would you access the original EventListener if it's out of scope? You could create a new EventListener with the same parameters as the one you previously passed to AddEventListener. It wouldn't even matter what subref you passed to it; calling RemoveEventListener with this EventListener would have the same effect as calling it with the original EventListener. But the problem is keeping the internal event listener object alive even after the Mozilla::DOM::EventListener object has been destroyed, because otherwise when HandleEvent is called it will point to an invalid event listener. I think the way to do this will be to only create the internal event listener object when AddEventListener is called, and only if no previous EventListener of the same type has been added. Then only destroy the internal event listener when RemoveEventListener is called, checking first that one exists to be destroyed. I think these changes would be backwards compatible.


$iid = Mozilla::DOM::EventListener->GetIID()

Pass this to QueryInterface.


The constructor for this class. Pass a subroutine reference as its argument. This subroutine will be called from the HandleEvent method.



Note: you cannot call this method from Perl. Instead you pass a handler (subroutine reference) to this class's `new' method. The handler's argument will be the event being handled by HandleEvent.

This method is called whenever an event occurs of the type for which the EventListener interface was registered.

The Event contains contextual information about the event. It also contains the StopPropagation and PreventDefault methods which are used in determining the event's flow and default action.




Copyright (C) 2005-2007, Scott Lanning

This software is licensed under the LGPL. See Mozilla::DOM for a full notice.