[whatwg] Standard method to get/set caret position
ian at hixie.ch
Tue Jan 6 03:49:25 PST 2009
On Fri, 12 Nov 2004, Greg Kilwein wrote:
> > >
> > > The second situation is an application that would like to highlight
> > > text in a text box or textarea for the purposes of a spell check,
> > > thesaurus, or search-and-replace operation.
> > In this case you want more of a highlighting API than a selecting API,
> > though, right?
> Yes. If it were possible, highlighting could be accomplished by styling
> a portion of the text in the textbox or textarea, which gets into the
> realm of the rich text box.
I think we should punt on this for now, since the browser vendors have
been so slow at implementing Web Forms 2 -- no point getting so far ahead
of them that they can't even fathom doing everything the spec says.
I expect what we'll eventually do is introduce an API to do context-
sensitive styling of textarea contents, so you can do things like source
code syntax highlighting. This would also take care of your use case.
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