View Full Version : Adapt remember textarea code with onLoad handler

08-04-2006, 11:04 AM
Got this code from the Internet. It uses cookies to remember the user info in textarea and previous typed data is retrieved from cookie using onFocus handler. How can I adapt it so that the data is shown on page reload? Simply substituting the event handler in the code doesn't seem to work . (For IE use only).



<title>A Form that Remembers</title>


<body bgcolor="white" text="black" link="blue" vlink="purple" alink="red">
<script language="JavaScript">
// Use this function to retrieve a cookie.
function getCookie(name){
var cname = name + "=";
var dc = document.cookie;
if (dc.length > 0) {
begin = dc.indexOf(cname);
if (begin != -1) {
begin += cname.length;
end = dc.indexOf(";", begin);
if (end == -1) end = dc.length;
return unescape(dc.substring(begin, end));
return null;

// Use this function to save a cookie.
function setCookie(name, value, expires) {
document.cookie = name + "=" + escape(value) + "; path=/" +
((expires == null) ? "" : "; expires=" + expires.toGMTString());

// Use this function to delete a cookie.
function delCookie(name) {
document.cookie = name + "=; expires=Thu, 01-Jan-70 00:00:01 GMT" + "; path=/";

// Function to retrieve form element's value.
function getValue(element) {
var value = getCookie(element.name);
if (value != null) element.value = value;

// Function to save form element's value.
function setValue(element) {
setCookie(element.name, element.value, exp);

var exp = new Date();
exp.setTime(exp.getTime() + (1000 * 60 * 60 * 24 * 31));
<center><h1>A Form that Remembers</h1></center>
<p>Type whatever you like in the boxes below, click outside the box, reload the page and try to type the details again. This script uses cookies, so if you have them disabled it will of course not work.</p>

<p><textarea name="textarea1" rows="10" onFocus="getValue(this)" onBlur="setValue(this)" cols="60"></textarea></p>
<p><textarea name="textarea2" rows="10" onFocus="getValue(this)" onBlur="setValue(this)" cols="60"></textarea></p>


08-04-2006, 12:19 PM

08-07-2006, 08:21 AM
Yes, I saw that but as the page states, it ONLY works with <input type = "text"> values. I need it to work with <textarea>. The code I inserted above does. Neither is this a form with a submit button but just text areas that users fill out with study notes etc. but may not finish at one session so they'll need to come back - hence I need a simple onLoad handler to recall the previous written notes. Can you help out?

Which brings up another point. I read somewhere that cookies can't store large amounts of text therefore textareas are impracticle for "remember values" unless it's just an email or name etc. Is that true?