Issue #87  (window.scrollBy(), Git/CLI Tools, JS Libraries)03/19/15

Here's a DOM method that's really simple, is supported in all browsers including oldIE, but doesn't seem to have been added to the spec until recently: window.scrollBy().

Let's look at some example code. We'll assume we have a really long page of content with two button elements:
var btn = document.querySelector('button');
    btn2 = document.querySelectorAll('button')[1];

btn.addEventListener('click', function () {
  window.scrollBy(0, window.innerHeight);
}, false);

btn2.addEventListener('click', function () {
  window.scrollBy(0, -(window.innerHeight));
}, false);

Here's a demo.

If you click the first button, the page scrolls down. If you click the second button, it scrolls up. If there's no room to scroll, it will do nothing. The scrollBy() method takes two arguments, an number that's a pixel value to scroll horizontally (x-axis) and one to scroll vertically (y-axis, which is what you'll normally use).

In this case, I'm using the value of the window's innerHeight property to allow the buttons to scroll up and down exactly one page. As you can see in the second example, the arguments can be negative, to scroll either up (for vertical) and left (for horizontal).

You can find some details on scrollBy() in the CSSOM View spec and on the Dottoro reference.
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