Opened 6 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#9388 closed bug (invalid)

jQuery UI sets 'position: relative' on elements that were made draggable before being added to the DOM

Reported by: Kerrick Owned by: Kerrick
Priority: minor Milestone: none
Component: ui.draggable Version: 1.9.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


Reduced test case:

In short, I am creating a jQuery element (such as via var el = $('<h1>Test</h1>');), enabling jQuery UI's draggable functionality (el.draggable()), and appending it to the DOM (such as via $('body').append(el);). Instead of using position: absolute as jQuery UI usually does, it puts position: relative into the style attribute of the element.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Kerrick

As a comparison test case, it acts as it is supposed to if .draggable() is called after .append(), as seen here:

Last edited 6 years ago by Kerrick (previous) (diff)

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by tj.vantoll

Owner: set to Kerrick
Status: newpending

This is happening because of this check here:

this.element.css( "position" ) returns an empty string because the element is not on the DOM, so the subsequent line sets its position to relative.

I'm not sure this is actually a bug because the default value we set on draggable elements is relative. You can see this for yourself if you make the canvas itself draggable on your test case:

By defaulting to position: relative is this causing any issues for you?

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by Kerrick

Status: pendingnew

As you can see in the test case, the element would have position: absolute applied if it were in the DOM, because of the CSS file. But since jQuery's test is if the element has the CSS (which it cannot if it's not yet in the DOM), rather than if it would have the CSS, it is irrelevant what the CSS file states. The only workaround is to set it via jQuery.css() or to use !important in the CSS, both of which are sub-optimal, hacky solutions that cause issues with clean codebases.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by tj.vantoll

Status: newpending

I'm not sure what we can do here though.

We have to give the element either position: relative or position: absolute, and until the element is placed into the DOM the plugin doesn't know about CSS declared preferences.

We have to pick one or the other, and since position: relative is the default it seems sensical to apply it under these circumstances. $( "<div>" ).draggable().css( "position", "absolute" ) is definitely not ideal though.

Do you have any suggestions for how this could be handled?

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by trac-o-bot

Resolution: invalid
Status: pendingclosed

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