MouseEvent.layerX

Non-standard: This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The MouseEvent.layerX read-only property returns the horizontal coordinate of the event relative to the current layer.

This property takes scrolling of the page into account and returns a value relative to the whole of the document unless the event occurs inside a positioned element, where the returned value is relative to the top left of the positioned element.

Value

An integer value in pixels for the x-coordinate of the mouse pointer, when the mouse event fired.

Examples

<html lang="en">
  <head>
    <title>pageX\pageY & layerX\layerY example</title>

    <script>
      function showCoords(evt) {
        const form = document.forms.form_coords;
        const parent_id = evt.target.parentNode.id;
        form.parentId.value = parent_id;
        form.pageXCoords.value = evt.pageX;
        form.pageYCoords.value = evt.pageY;
        form.layerXCoords.value = evt.layerX;
        form.layerYCoords.value = evt.layerY;
      }
    </script>

    <style>
      #d1 {
        border: solid blue 1px;
        padding: 20px;
      }

      #d2 {
        position: absolute;
        top: 180px;
        left: 80%;
        right: auto;
        width: 40%;
        border: solid blue 1px;
        padding: 20px;
      }

      #d3 {
        position: absolute;
        top: 240px;
        left: 20%;
        width: 50%;
        border: solid blue 1px;
        padding: 10px;
      }
    </style>
  </head>

  <body onmousedown="showCoords(event)">
    <p>To display the mouse coordinates please click anywhere on the page.</p>

    <div id="d1">
      <span>
        This is an un-positioned div so clicking it will return layerX/layerY
        values almost the same as pageX/PageY values.
      </span>
    </div>

    <div id="d2">
      <span>
        This is a positioned div so clicking it will return layerX/layerY values
        that are relative to the top-left corner of this positioned element.
        Note the pageX\pageY properties still return the absolute position in
        the document, including page scrolling.
      </span>

      <span>
        Make the page scroll more! This is a positioned div so clicking it will
        return layerX/layerY values that are relative to the top-left corner of
        this positioned element. Note the pageX\pageY properties still return
        the absolute position in the document, including page scrolling.
      </span>
    </div>

    <div id="d3">
      <form name="form_coords" id="form1">
        Parent Element id: <input type="text" name="parentId" size="7" /><br />
        pageX: <input type="text" name="pageXCoords" size="7" /> pageY:
        <input type="text" name="pageYCoords" size="7" /><br />
        layerX: <input type="text" name="layerXCoords" size="7" /> layerY:
        <input type="text" name="layerYCoords" size="7" />
      </form>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

Specifications

This property is not part of any specification.

Browser compatibility

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