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The cancel event fires on a <dialog> when the user instructs the browser that they wish to dismiss the current open dialog. For example, the browser might fire this event when the user presses the Esc key or clicks a "Close dialog" button which is part of the browser's UI.

General info

Interface Event
Bubbles No
Cancelable Yes
Target Element
Default Action Close the <dialog> which it was fired at.


Being an Event, this event implements only the properties of that interface.


Being an Event, this event implements only the methods of that interface.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'cancel' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Yes No No Yes No
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Yes Yes No No Yes No

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