[Project_owners] Textarea behaviour

Roman Mironenko roman_mir at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 24 03:21:56 EST 2005

Hi everyone,

I wonder if anyone here knows whether it is possible to set the current 
viewport on a textarea?
What I mean is that when I set the value of a textarea to a string that is 
longer than the width of the textarea I would like to be able to set the 
viewable porition of the string in the textarea.

To make it easier to understand what I mean, when the value of a textarea is 
set to a string that contains more lines than there are rows in the 
textarea, I can scroll to any line in the textarea to show it with 
textarea.scrollTop property (it's clunky, but it works, but I did not find 
anything to scroll sideways, to a specific column in the textarea.

The reason why I ask is because in my extension the text that the user is 
typing into a textarea is substituted for a different text, so I have to 
update the value of the textarea every time the key goes up.  But when 
textarea.value is set, two things happen: 1. The viewport is reset to the 
top of the textarea and 2. The cursor is set after the last character.  I 
set the cursor position to where it must be with 
textarea.setSelectionRange() method, and use textarea.scrollTop to make the 
correct line visible.  Unfortunately I did not find anything to make a 
specific column visible or 'scroll' to it.

Any ideas?
Thank you.

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