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Finding element dimension values width and height

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Is it actually possible to find the current size (in pixels) of a html element, regardless of whether or not these attributes have been set, or even if a percentage value was used?

My case: I want to find the height / width of a span tag or the height / width of a div tag. I've browsed the DOM but I can't figure out what to use. I've even tried directly accessing properties .height .width (which works for images) or .style.height .style.width.

If it's possible, that's great - it's pretty much all I need to know. =)

Dec 5 '06 #1
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A sample for your DIV width question:
<div id='test' style='width:300px;'>
<script type="text/javascript">
var w = document.getElementById("test").style.width;
For an excellent tutorial on DOM usage, see link DOM Reference

Ronald :cool:
Dec 5 '06 #2

P: 143
Thanks Ronald, but as I mentioned in my previous post - the dimension won't be specified, or at best, will be specified in percentage. I see that in your example, you specifically specified the width.

Is it possible to determine the dimensions without specifically setting the dimension in pixels?
Dec 5 '06 #3

P: 143
Just posting the answer in case anyone else finds it useful.

Look at the clientWidth and clientHeight properties.

This is what I was looking for in my particular case. Something that would return the dimensions in pixels, even if they hadn't been set in a stylesheet, or if they were set using percentage values.


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  1. <div id="testing">lorem ipsum</div>
  2. <script type="text/javascript">
  3.   var test = document.getElementById("testing");
  4.   alert("width: "+clientWidth+"px");
  5. </script>

I believe you could use offsetHeight and offsetWidth too, though these also take into account possible scoll bars etc (I think). I still have more reading to do in Javascript.
Dec 7 '06 #4

P: 1
<div id="testing">lorem ipsum</div>
<script type="text/javascript">
var test = document.getElementById("testing");
var clientWidth = test.offsetWidth;
alert("width: "+clientWidth+"px");
Mar 13 '08 #5

P: 13
try these functions

not sure if these functions work with scrollbars in view but worth a shot
Mar 27 '08 #6

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