[thelist] JS for creating html styles/links

Peter-Paul Koch gassinaumasis at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 25 08:16:00 CST 2003

>I'm figuring there has to be lots of JavaScripts available that will
>allow non-html-savy people to insert <strong> <em> <a> <p> <hx> tags, etc
>into <textarea>s. I've seen a few good ones that were Active-X controls,
>and one Flash one that was excellent: looks like a
>mini-version of Word. But don't want to go that route. Want
>DOM-compliant JavaScript! Would do it myself, but am coming up with a quote
>and am seeing I need to efficiently cut corners.

It's surprisingly difficult to write a cross-browser script for this. As far
as I know it's not possible, for instance, to find the cursor position in
the textarea in Mozilla.

So in my experience it's not possible to write a cross-browser script. As to
an IE-only JavaScript, why bother when there are already components that do
what you want? 'DOM compliant' is very relative in the respect: for any IE
compatibility whatsoever you must use a whole bloody lot of MS-proprietary

My advice is to either use the ActiveX scripts (which of course will only
work in IE Windows) or forget all about it.

ppk, freelance web developer
Interaction, copywriting, JavaScript, integration
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