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[cssom-view] scrollMaxX/Y

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:54:07 +1200
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLac6esZUQEBsbq6X-=o3g06qYhQiULXL4D92vQ65O5Ucg@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Web authors want to detect when scrollable elements can be scrolled in a
given direction,
e.g.http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2059743/detect-elements-overflow-using-jquery
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4369990/scrollheight-property-in-firefox
Often this means knowing what the maximum value is for
scrollLeft/scrollTop. You can estimate this using scrollWidth - clientWidth
and scrollHeight - clientHeight, but that can give a slightly wrong answer
due to rounding if you're doing subpixel layout. For example, an element
whose unrounded clientHeight is 1.4px and unrounded scrollHeight is 1.6px
would compute scrollWidth - clientWidth = 1 although in fact scrollTop's
maximum value is 0 (actually, whether scrollTop's maximum value is 0 or 1
depends on how the UA handles scrolling with subpixel rendering, but 0 is a
reasonable choice).

It would be simpler and less error-prone to simply have a DOM attribute
that returns the maximum values for scrollLeft/scrollTop. For the viewport,
Gecko has supported window.scrollMaxX/Y for a long time, but no-one else
has this as far as I know.

I propose adding scrollMaxX and scrollMaxY as read-only DOM attributes on
Element, returning the maximum possible values for scrollLeft and scrollTop
respectively. They would of course be 0 for non-scrollable elements.

For the bikeshedders out there, I think scrollLeftMax and scrollTopMax
would also be acceptable names.

Rob
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