clientTop property holds a value giving the location of the top of the client area relative to the location described by the
offsetTop property. It is a read-only, integer property of element. The value is expressed in pixels.
As it happens, all that lies between the two locations (
offsetTop and client area top) is the element's border. This is because the
offsetTop indicates the location of the top of the border (not the margin) while the client area starts immediately below the border, (client area includes padding.) Therefore, the clientTop value will always equal the integer portion of the
.getComputedStyle() value for "border-top-width". (Actually might be Math.round(parseFloat()).) For example, if the computed "border-top-width" is zero, then
clientTop is also zero.
var top = element.clientTop;
In the following illustration, the client area is show in white. (The segments labeled "Top", "Right", etc. have no significance regarding the client area.) The clientTop value is the distance from where the margin (yellow) area ends and the padding and content areas (white) begin.
clientTop was first introduced in the MS IE DHTML object model.
|CSS Object Model (CSSOM) View Module
The definition of 'clientTop' in that specification.