Basj Basj - 3 months ago 15
HTML Question

A very, very, very big div

For a project of mine (see or bigpicture.js GitHub project), I have to deal with potentially a very, very, very big


I knew there was a risk of poor performance with the simple approach I use, but I did not expect it to be mostly present with ... Chrome only!

If you test this small page (see code below), panning (click + drag) will be:

  • Normal / smooth on Firefox

  • Normal / smooth even on Internet Explorer

  • Very slow (nearly crashing) on Chrome!

Of course, I could add some code (in my project) to do that when you're zoomed in a lot, text with potentially very very big font-size would be hidden. But still, why does Firefox and Internet Explorer handle it correctly and not Chrome?

Is there a way in JavaScript, HTML, or CSS to tell the browser not to try to render the whole page (which is 10000 pixels wide here) for every action? (only render the current viewport!)

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
html, body {
overflow: hidden;
min-height: 100%; }

#container {
position: absolute;
min-height: 100%;
min-width: 100%; }

.text {
font-family: "Arial";
position: absolute;

<div id="container">
<div class="text" style="font-size: 600px; left:100px; top:100px">Small text</div>
<div class="text" style="font-size: 600000px; left:10000px; top:10000px">Very big text</div>

var container = document.getElementById('container'), dragging = false, previousmouse;
container.x = 0; container.y = 0;

window.onmousedown = function(e) { dragging = true; previousmouse = {x: e.pageX, y: e.pageY}; }

window.onmouseup = function() { dragging = false; }

window.ondragstart = function(e) { e.preventDefault(); }

window.onmousemove = function(e) {
if (dragging) {
container.x += e.pageX - previousmouse.x; container.y += e.pageY - previousmouse.y; = container.x + 'px'; = container.y + 'px';
previousmouse = {x: e.pageX, y: e.pageY};


Changing to position: fixed seems to speed things up.