JSizes ― jQuery extension plugin for CSS properties

JSizes is a small plugin for the jQuery JavaScript library which adds convenience methods for querying and setting the CSS min-width, min-height, max-width, max-height, border-*-width, margin, and padding properties. Additionally it has one method for determining whether an element is visible. In total it adds six new methods to the jQuery element API. It internally calls the jQuery built-in css method, so syntax and use is identical to calling css('property-name', ...). An example of its use follows.

jQuery(function($) {
   var myDiv = $('#myDiv');

   myDiv.minWidth(100); // set 'min-width' to 100px
   alert(myDiv.minWidth()); // displays '100'
});

Note that all returned values are converted to pixel values, without the px suffix. It is thus safe to use these methods in calculations without having to worry about non-numeric values. Most importantly, it does not add support for min- and max-sizes on browsers that do not natively support it, it just adds convenient methods to query these properties and return a sensible value when they are not available or not set.

API

The plugin adds the following methods to the JQuery object:

minSize()
Returns the CSS min-width and min-height properties of the first matched element as pixel values in an object with width and height properties. If a CSS property is not set 0 is returned as value.
minSize(value)
Sets the CSS min-width, and min-height property on all matched elements. Expects a value object containing any of width and height properties. If the property values are numbers they will be converted to pixel values.
maxSize()
Returns the CSS max-width and max-height properties of the first matched element as pixel values in an object with width and height properties. If a CSS property is not set Number.MAX_VALUE is returned as value.
maxSize(value)
Sets the CSS max-width and max-height property on all matched elements. Expects a value object containing any of width and height properties. If the property values are numbers they will be converted to pixel values.
margin()
Returns the CSS margin property of the first matched element as pixel values in an object with top, bottom, left, and right properties.
margin(value)
Sets the CSS margin property on all matched elements. Expects a value object containing any of top , bottom , left , and right properties. If the property values are numbers they will be converted to pixel values.
padding()
Returns the CSS padding property of the first matched element as pixel values in an object with top, bottom, left, and right properties.
padding(value)
Sets the CSS padding property on all matched elements. Expects a value object containing any of top, bottom, left, and right properties. If the property values are numbers they will be converted to pixel values.
border()
Returns the CSS border-*-width property of the first matched element as pixels values in an object with top, bottom, left, and right properties.
border(value)
Sets the CSS border-*-width property on all matched elements. Expects a value object containing any of top, bottom, left, and right properties. If the property values are numbers they will be converted to pixel values. Note that the CSS border-style property also needs to be set in order for the border to show.
isVisible()
Returns true if the any of the matched element are visible, false otherwise.

Examples

Some examples of how the new methods can be used:

jQuery(function($) {
   var myDiv = $('#myDiv');

   // set margin-top to 100px and margin-bottom to 10em
   myDiv.margin({top: 100, bottom: '10em'});

   // displays the size of the top border in pixels
   alert(myDiv.border().top);

   // displays true if the element is visible, false otherwise
   alert(myDiv.isVisible());

   // set padding-right to 10px and margin-left to 15px using chaining
   myDiv.padding({right: 10}).margin({left: 15});
});

The above example also shows that chaining can be used on methods that do not return values.

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