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CSS Element Queries

Element Queries is a polyfill adding support for element based media-queries to all new browsers (incl. IE7+). It allows not only to define media-queries based on window-size but also adds ‘media-queries’ functionality depending on element (any selector supported) size while not causing performance lags due to event based implementation.

It's a proof-of-concept event-based CSS element dimension query with valid CSS selector syntax.


  • no performance issues since it listens only on size changes of elements that have element query rules defined through css. Other element query polifills only listen on window.onresize which causes performance issues and allows only to detect changes via window.resize event and not inside layout changes like css3 animation, :hover, DOM changes etc.
  • no interval/timeout detection. Truly event-based through integrated ResizeSensor class.
  • no CSS modifications. Valid CSS Syntax
  • all CSS selectors available. Uses regular attribute selector. No need to write rules in HTML.
  • supports and tested in webkit, gecko and IE(7/8/9/10/11).
  • min-width, min-height, max-width and max-height are supported so far
  • works with any layout modifications: HTML (innerHTML etc), inline styles, DOM mutation, CSS3 transitions, fluid layout changes (also percent changes), pseudo classes (:hover etc.), window resizes and more
  • no Javascript-Framework dependency (works with jQuery, Mootools, etc.)

More demos and information:


.widget-name {
    padding: 25px;
.widget-name[max-width="200px"] {
    padding: 0;
.widget-name[min-width="500px"] {
    padding: 55px;

/* responsive images */
.responsive-image img {
    width: 100%;

.responsive-image[max-width^='400px'] img {
    content: url(demo/image-400px.jpg);

.responsive-image[max-width^='1000px'] img {
    content: url(demo/image-1000px.jpg);

.responsive-image[min-width='1000px'] img {
    content: url(demo/image-full.jpg);

Include the javascript files at the bottom and you're good to go. No custom javascript calls needed.

<script src="src/ResizeSensor.js"></script>
<script src="src/ElementQueries.js"></script>


  • So far does not work on img and other elements that can't contain other elements. Wrapping with a div works fine though (See demo).
  • Adds additional hidden elements into selected target element and forces target element to be relative or absolute.

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MIT license. Copyright Marc J. Schmidt.