October 22, 2001 - Selecting Text in Netscape 6
October 22, 2001|
Selecting Text in Netscape 6
Tips: October 2001
Yehuda Shiran, Ph.D.
getSelection()method of the
documentobject. This method returns a string containing the text of the current selection. Its general syntax is:
The following example demonstrates the
The script displays the current selection in a box. At first, it instructs the browser to capture all
mouseupevents. As explained in Column 9, Column 10, and Column 11, this is only required for Navigator 4.0x, so a simple object detection routine makes sure the browser is Netscape 6 before executing the statement.
The event processing function first assigns the selection's text to a variable named
str. It then assigns that variable to the value property of the form element, so the selection is displayed in the box. Now go ahead and drag the mouse over some text. If you're using Netscape 6 , the selection will immediately display in the box.
terminates the function if the user is running a browser that doesn't support the
if (!document.getSelection) return;
getSelection()method. Therefore, no error is generated on Internet Explorer 4.0x or older browsers.