View Full Version : Checkboxes to add and remove value in Textarea

01-26-2008, 06:06 PM
Ok, so I have a textarea in which i'm displaying some very basic html code. I have it so that if the user clicks in the textarea it selects all the text and then the user can copy and paste it into wherever.

I'm using the following code for that...

<script type="text/javascript">
function select_all()
var text_val=eval("document.form1.type");

<form name="form1" method=post>
<textarea name=type rows="5" cols="35" onClick="select_all();">

<html><head><title>Help!</title></head><body>Please help!</body>


ok, so that all works fine. I want to add three checkboxes now as "additional options" and when a user clicks any of the three (and they can select all three if they want) it should append the html code associated with that checkbox to the bottom of the code in the textarea. If the user unchecks it, I want that code to be removed from the textarea. I am pretty sure I need javascript for this but I can't seem to find examples with textareas or the code disables my select all function. Is there anyway to accomplish this and still keep the select all? Can anyone please help me? Thanks in advance!

01-26-2008, 09:52 PM
You don't, in general, add HTML to a textarea. Usually a text area contains just text, even it it is HTML code, it looks like source code and isn't rendered by the browser as HTML. What are the typical sorts of string data that you want to add? Also, your question doesn't make it clear to me if you are actually wanting to be adding anything to the textarea or, perhaps you want to add some things (elements?) after the textarea, what is it you are adding where?

But IDK, how about this, must be close:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<script type="text/javascript">
function add_sub(el){
if (el.checked)
var re=new RegExp('(.*)'+el.value+'(.*)$');

<form name="form1" method=post>
<textarea name="type" rows="5" cols="35" onclick="this.focus();this.select();">
<html><head><title>Help!</title></head><body>Please help!</body>
<input type="checkbox" name="bob" id="bob" value="<p>" onclick="add_sub(this);"><label for="bob">&lt;p&gt;</label><br>
<input type="checkbox" name="bob1" id="bob1" value="<span>" onclick="add_sub(this);"><label for="bob1">&lt;span&gt;</label><br>
<input type="checkbox" name="bob2" id="bob2" value="<div>" onclick="add_sub(this);"><label for="bob2">&lt;div&gt;</label>

But, the more I played with this, the more I began to think that you wanted a script like:


03-11-2008, 02:33 AM
thanks a million, that was exactly what i needed.

06-27-2015, 09:47 PM
Hello @jscheuer1,

I am a JavaScript newbie and wanted to know how would you comma & space the content entered into the textarea, specifically the 2nd+ selections (resulting in: value a, value b, value c)