Why Click Events Don't Work in Safari

Over the last few months I’ve been working on a weather dashboard with the goal of developing it into my first mobile app.

One of the features I’ve added has been a pull-out menu, which displays additional information that won’t fit on the primary screen. It’s been working in all the browsers except Safari mobile. I’m pulling a lot of data asynchronously, so several items don’t appear in the DOM when the page is loaded. Because of this, I was having to target click events in the following way:

$(document).on('click', '.js-menu-cog', function() {

It was working in all browsers yet again, Safari was being problematic. Finally, I remember reading an article years ago about Safari not reading elements as buttons unless they had the cursor: pointer CSS property applied.

Once I added the cursor: pointer style to my button, it started working!

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  • css
  • safari
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