Media query listeners

Media query listeners enable evaluating a media query at runtime using JavaScript and subscribing listeners to changes in the media query's evaluation.

Creating a media query listener

To evaluate a media query at run time, an MediaQueryList object is created using the window method, matchMedia.

The matchMedia method accepts a media query string and returns a MediaQueryList object. The following example creates a media query that checks whether the height of a window is less than a certain size.

mql = window.msMatchMedia("(min-height:450px)");

The MediaQueryList object provides the following properties.

Property Description
matches Returns "true" if the list of media queries matches the state of the current window; returns "false" otherwise.
media Returns the serialized version of the media query list, which was used to create the MediaQueryList object.

The matches property is a Boolean value that returns an evaluation of the media query. Using the example above, matches returns true if the window's height is greater than or equal to the minimum that has been specified.

if (mql.matches) 
  // Window is fine. 
} else 
  // Window is too small.       

Subscribing media query listeners

To detect media query changes, you can subscribe a listener to a MediaQueryList object. The addListener method takes a callback function, and invokes it when the media query changes evaluation. Using the previous media query, the following example subscribes to changes in the media query and prints out the changes in a div with an id of myDiv.

mql = window.matchMedia("(min-height:250px)");
function sizeChange(mql) {
    v = document.getElementById("myDiv");
    if (mql.matches) {
        v.innerHTML = "Getting bigger" + "<br/>" +;
    } else {
        v.innerHTML = "Getting smaller" + "<br/>" +;

The listener invokes the callback function whenever the state of the media actually changes. If the window is resized to be smaller than the specified min-height attribute value, the callback function is invoked. It is invoked again when the window becomes taller than the min-height. The MediaQueryList object is passed as a parameter to the callback function.

API Reference

Media Query Listeners


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