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#10159 closed bug (wontfix)

Opened August 29, 2011 07:33AM UTC

Closed December 06, 2011 06:35PM UTC

Last modified December 11, 2011 11:59PM UTC

.outerHeight() returns positive value for <script> elements

Reported by: yelo3 Owned by: yelo3
Priority: low Milestone: None
Component: dimensions Version: 1.6.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

I think I have found a bug in the .outerHeight() jquery function.

I'm trying to the the height of the children of <body>, and it appears that <script> tags have a height > 0 (in this case I get 20, in chrome browser).

This is not expected: in my opinion they should have a height = 0.




<script type="text/javascript" src="">


<script type="text/javascript">

$(document).ready(function() {

var children = $(document.body).children();

for (i=0; i<children.length; i++) {

height = $(children[i]).outerHeight(true);

console.log("height=" + height);






<script type="text/javascript">

var a=1;

var b=2;

var c=3;









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Changed August 29, 2011 01:18PM UTC by timmywil comment:1

component: unfileddimensions
owner: → yelo3
priority: undecidedlow
status: newpending

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Changed August 29, 2011 04:03PM UTC by yelo3 comment:2

status: pendingnew

I've done what you requested:

Changed August 29, 2011 04:43PM UTC by rwaldron comment:3

_comment0: Further, clearer reduction: \ \

Further, clearer reduction:

Changed August 29, 2011 05:52PM UTC by yelo3 comment:4

also <style> tag is affected

Changed August 29, 2011 09:37PM UTC by dmethvin comment:5

status: newopen

Changed October 13, 2011 12:52PM UTC by mikesherov comment:6

This happens because the width/height cssHook does a visibility swap when it encounters an element with no offsetWidth/offsetHeight. It reports a value because even style and script tags can get width/height when they are absolutely positioned and given display:block.

Two options:

1. needsdoc that it reports weird values for style/script

2. before visibilty swapping, detect nodeName "STYLE" or "SCRIPT", which begs the question of "what other elements should always report zero besides style and script?".

I'll open a PR just in case we want to go with option 2.

Changed October 13, 2011 01:22PM UTC by timmywil comment:7

I'm inclined to say needsdocs. It seems pretty obvious that one shouldn't call width/height on style or script tags. And why loop through all of the elements on the page? I can't actually see where that would be useful.

Changed October 14, 2011 02:05AM UTC by mikesherov comment:8

Also is broken on input:hidden tags in chrome. I opened a PR just in case:

It's pretty small. Also, here's the perf... looks pretty good:

Changed December 06, 2011 06:35PM UTC by dmethvin comment:9

keywords: → needsdocs
resolution: → wontfix
status: openclosed

Changed December 11, 2011 11:59PM UTC by addyosmani comment:10

keywords: needsdocs

Initial docs added to I've pinged Dave and Karl about turning the notes into a reusable.