A jQuery plugin for implementing the JavaScript side of responsive, or for mimicking CSS media queries on platforms that don't support them.
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jRespond: Responsive JS & CSS

Available on GitHub.

jRespond is a jQuery plugin for implementing the JavaScript side of responsive design, or for mimicking CSS media queries on platforms that don't support them.

You can use jRespond to respond to changes in height, width, or aspect ratio (width / height). Using it is as simple as specifying the thresholds you care about, the name of each state, and the javascript callback (or CSS selector). It looks like this:

// Define your callback.
function windowWidthDidChange(namespace, currentState, priorState) {
  console.log(namespace + ' moved from "' + priorState + '" to "' + currentState + '".');
// Define the thresholds.
var states =     ['narrow', 'medium', 'wide', 'x-wide'];
var thresholds = [        350,      500,    800       ];
// Begin responding.
$.respondToWidths('my-width-namespace', states, thresholds, windowWidthDidChange);

// On resizing from 499 to 500 pixels wide:
> my-width-namespace moved from medium to wide.

The namespacing feature allows you to specify as many sets of independent thresholds as you like, on window height, width or aspect ratio. You can specify a callback, to be fired when thresholds are crossed. You can also pass in a jQuery selector string; this will be used to apply state classes to elements, allowing you to support media query-like behavior in IE8.

Since jRespond only ever attaches one resize event, it provides a more efficient way to respond to window size in disparate areas of code. Different areas can listen for the changes they care about, without worrying about - or even knowing about - what other parts of your app are doing.


respondToHeights, respondToWidths, respondToAspectRatios

  • namespace: All sets of thresholds must be namespaced. This allows you to set up multiple threshold sets on each dimension. It is also used when retrieving current states, and when removing a threshold set. Namespaces must be unique, so your width namespace can be 'width', but other threshold sets must use different names (for example 'header-width').
  • states: An array of Strings with the names of each state, in ascending order. For example, you might pass ['narrow', 'medium', 'wide'].
  • thresholds: An array of numbers with the thresholds between each state. In the above example, you might pass in [350, 600]. That there must always be one fewer threshold than state. Note that height & width thresholds are pixel counts, while aspect ratio thresholds are decimal ratios of width to height.
  • callback: An optional callback method with signature (namespace, newState, priorState). Called whenever the window is resized past a threshold. (You can explore "this" in your callback for extra information about the threshold.)
  • selector: An optional jQuery selector. If provided, then the specified elements will have stateful classes appended to them. For example, if the "header-width" namespace is in "narrow" state, then specified elements will have the class "header-width-narrow" appended to them. You can use this feature to emulate CSS media queries on legacy platforms that don't support them natively.


Returns the current state for the specified namespace.


Cancels the specified namespace.


jRespond copyright (c) 2013 Dave Porter.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License here.

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.