You may notice in some situations, when using jQuery’s slideDown(), that the last little bit of the animation “jumps”. It feel un-smooth and frustrates those who like to dot our i’s. (Here an explanation.)

The main issue is that the browser (and thus jQuery) is uncertain about the height of the element that is sliding. This, in turn, is based on uncertainty about the _width_ — the width determines how lines wrap, and dictates the height.

If your width is defined in % or auto, it remains uncertain. So, to smooth the animation, let’s make it certain. Here’s a one-liner:


All it does is assign a pixel value to the width of the element, based on the … width of the element. Worked for me.