Xeoncross Xeoncross - 1 month ago 15
Javascript Question

JavaScript get window X/Y position for scroll

I'm hoping to find a way to get the current viewable window's position (relative to the total page width/height) so I can use it to force a scroll from one section to another. However, there seems to be a tremendous amount of options when it comes to guessing which object holds the true X/Y for your browser.

Which of these do I need to make sure IE 6+, FF 2+, and Chrome/Safari work?

window.innerWidth
window.innerHeight
window.pageXOffset
window.pageYOffset
document.documentElement.clientWidth
document.documentElement.clientHeight
document.documentElement.scrollLeft
document.documentElement.scrollTop
document.body.clientWidth
document.body.clientHeight
document.body.scrollLeft
document.body.scrollTop


And are there any others? Once I know where the window is I can set an event chain that will slowly call
window.scrollBy(x,y);
until it reaches my desired point.

Answer

The method jQuery (v1.10) uses to find this is:

var doc = document.documentElement;
var left = (window.pageXOffset || doc.scrollLeft) - (doc.clientLeft || 0);
var top = (window.pageYOffset || doc.scrollTop)  - (doc.clientTop || 0);

That is:

  • It tests for window.pageXOffset first and uses that if it exists.
  • Otherwise, it uses document.documentElement.scrollLeft.
  • It then subtracts document.documentElement.clientLeft if it exists.

The subtraction of document.documentElement.clientLeft / Top only appears to be required to correct for situations where you have applied a border (not padding or margin, but actual border) to the root element, and at that, possibly only in certain browsers.

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