jQuery Based Text Highlighter For Textarea

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jQuery Based Text Highlighter For Textarea

Textarea Highlighter is a jQuery plugin used to highlight the matched text in your textarea with custom CSS styles.

How to use it:

1. Include jQuery library and the jQuery textarea highlighter in the document as usual.

<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.textarea-highlighter.js"></script>

2. Setup the match rules and call the plugin on your existing textarea element.

  matches: [
      'match': ['this is a test', 'text to match'], // will check for this matches
      'matchClass': 'match'             // on matched text this class will be added
      'match': ['some', 'more', 'here'],
      'matchClass': 'someClass'
      'match': /\{\/?\d+\}/g,
      'matchClass': 'tags'

3. Style the matched text in the CSS.

.tags {...}
.someClass {...}
.match {...}

4. All the default settings.

// Array of matches with matchClass & word array
matches: [
  // {'matchClass': '', 'match': []}

// Word base language is English, German etc. Set to false when it's Japanese, Chinese etc.
wordBase: true,

// If matches should be case sensitive or not.
caseSensitive: true,

// max text length
maxlength: -1,

// Class name to add to text when it's over max length
maxlengthWarning: '',

// jQuery element to update letter count in the view
maxlengthElement: null,

// debug mode
debug: false,

// auto expand the textarea while typing
isAutoExpand: true,

// typing delay
typingDelay: 30

5. Events.

// triggered when plugin's initialization is complete.
$('textarea').on('textarea.highlighter.init.complete', function(){
    // do some cool stuff :)

// triggered when a matching text is found
$('textarea').on('textarea.highlighter.update', function(e, data){
    // data -> {'textList': []}
    // textList is an arry with matched text

// Update style added with plugin

// Highlight anything that matches

// Remove all added HTML/CSS and plugin related event bindings etc...

Change logs:

v0.6.8 (2015-11-08)

  • fix bug with RegExp

v0.6.7 (2015-10-20)

  • add support for case sensitive matching or not

v0.6.6 (2015-06-26)

  • update.

v0.6.5 (2015-06-09)

  • fix issue with firefox

v0.6.4 (2015-05-29)

  • fix and issue when deleting all the text from textarea

v0.6.3 (2015-02-09)

  • fix and issue when deleting all the text from textarea

v0.6.2 (2015-01-28)

  • udpate textarea height on textareaHighlighter('highlight')

v0.6.1 (2015-01-22)

  • don't initialize when a method is called on the plugin before it was initialized

v0.6.0 (2014-12-21)

  • update.

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by marexandre. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.