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Routed Event

In the DOM there are a lot of events that happens, for instance when clicking a button; the click event occurs. These events often happens on an element and can be handled. A key feature of the DOM is also its ability to bubble events up the hierarchy. Working with components and decoupling, this is very useful.

RoutedEvent introduces the concept of listening to a specific event and turning it into a new event with a given payload and makes these new events bubble up the hierarchy.

The reason for doing this is that you don’t have to bleed the details of the implementation of one thing out and you now have a contract that is more specific that what is actually happening. The internals can then change without the outside world having to know.

Custom Attribute

RoutedEvent gets registered as a global custom attribute called routed-event. This makes it available to all elements.


Let’s say you have encapsulated a custom element representing an item. This item is used in a list and you want to know when the item is clicked.

Inside the HTML of the item you’d do this:

<a href="#" routed-event="input: click; output: itemclicked; details.bind: $this">

The details.bind takes what is in the binding context ($this) and adds it to the details property of the event payload.

In your list you can now simply start using the event in the HTML and hook it up to methods on your view-model like one does with any other DOM event:


<ul itemclicked.delegate="itemClicked($event)">
  <!-- items -->


itemClicked(event) {
    event.detail - holds the details from on the event that was bound earlier