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Format text in a <textarea>?

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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Textareas are great because of some built in functionality (scrollbars). How can I format <spans> of text inside of the <textarea>?

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If you need to customize your textarea, reproduce its behavior using another element (like a DIV) with the contenteditable attribute.

It’s more customizable, and a more modern approach, textarea is just for plain text content, not for rich content.

<div id='fake_textarea' contenteditable></div>

The scrollbars can be reproduced with the CSS overflow property.

You can use this fake textarea in a form normally, i.e: if you have to submit its content through POST method, you could do something like(with jQuery):

<input type='hidden' id='fake_textarea_content' name='foobar' />

$('#your_form').submit(function()
{
  $('#fake_textarea_content').val($('#fake_textarea').html());
});

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You Can’t style the content of a text area separately, you have to use s, or something similar.

Do you Want Something like this:?

http://jsfiddle.net/mekwall/XNkDx/

$('.editable').each(function(){
    this.contentEditable = true;
});

This allows you to edit the content of a div, and it will still look like a textarea,

Bold will now Work.

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You cannot use HTML inside TEXTAREA.

Scrolling can be applied to any element by adding overflow: auto and fixed width and/or height.

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You can user html editors for web like CKEditor to be able to format the data in text area. Check this http://ckeditor.com/

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Another way to submit the “fake” text area is including the following lines inside the form tag

<form onsubmit=" $('#fake_textarea_content').val($('#fake_textarea').html());">
</form>