Get height of a hidden element using jQuery

It’s known that hidden elements doesn’t take space in the document unless they are not really hidden but invisible, using visibility:hidden.

Sometimes you need to know something about a hidden element before you actually show it, let’s say the height property of a DIV element. You can easily get that property value making the element displayable but invisible, that way the element would take space in the document and you can get the height or any other property value that isn’t available while the element is hidden.

The following code is a small jQuery plugin that takes a function as argument. The plugin clones a jQuery element, make it displayable but invisible, then inserts the clone right after the original element, executes the function on the context of the cloned element and returns the function result. The clone is removed from the DOM after the passed function returns.

To solve the problem of the height property I explained above you could use the following code:

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