Trigger Click on Input when Label is Clicked

Labels should have "for" attributes that match the ID of the input they are labeling. This means we can snag that attribute and use it in a selector to trigger a click on the input itself. Assuming of course you have some reason to watch for clicks on inputs.

var labelID;

$('label').click(function() {
       labelID = $(this).attr('for');


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    Not sure if that’s what you mean, but Safari does this built-in.

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    Bill Brown
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    All browsers except IE will do this when you code it this way:

    <label><input id='my_input'/></label>

    IE requries this:

    <label for='my_input'><input id='my_input'/></label>

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      Wonderful Man. Your comment is far better and helpful than this post..

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      Muhammad Nouman Khalid
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      duplicate ID error + warning when checked in w3c validator. So now its time to use HTML5 tags…

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      That syntax is useful, for sure. But decoupling <label /> lets you do things like:

            <td><input id="special-input" type="checkbox" /></td>
            <td><label for="special-input">A Label</label></td>
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    Yeah I really don’t see the point in this jQuery code. Using the “for” attribute of the LABEL tag, all browsers have this functionality already built-in. Kind of a useless post, really.

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    Thomas Murphy
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    Helpful for me especially with Gravity Forms (or anything that dynamically creates the form fields for you). One error though, $(‘#’+labelid).trigger(‘click’); should be $(‘#’+labelID).trigger(‘click’);


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    Paula Lyon-Lee

    Brilliant piece of code just what I was looking for.

    This actually fixes the IE bug when you are using images within form labels.

    Normally what happens with a label is that when you click it the field it is for get focus, unfortunately IE for some reason or another seems to loose this functionality when you use images within form labels.


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    This code is actually pretty handy if you use FastClick on iOS (to avoid 300ms click delay).

    In the rare case you have a label on top of a radio button or checkbox, FastClick prevents the label from checking the input.

    No FastClick? No problem, shouldn’t need this.

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    If you have hidden radio buttons and are using the label to style things (not terribly uncommon), this is a life saver for mobile devices. Thanks man.

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    Fantastic. Thanks so much.

    Why does this matter? Because the tag is not clickable in iOS 5 Safari (iPad gen 1’s maximum OS). Thanks to this code, the click works the same in iOS 5 as in every other modern browser.

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    with Safari IOS5.1.1, i fixed it with :

    Yes… just an empty onclick, lol

    see u ;)

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    (block code bug… sorry)

    with Safari IOS5.1.1, i fixed it with :

    input type="checkbox" name="namecheck" id="namecheck-01" value="1"
    label  for="namecheck-04" onclick=""

    Yes… just an empty onclick, lol

    see u ;)

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    thanks mate!

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    I need this code for Gravity form images to make clickable but fails to work. Wondering if I also need to input code in the Field ID’s Custom CSS Class of my GF?

    The “onclick” would actually select the option. Not sure if this code would work for that.

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