jquery-textareaPreview

jquery-textareaPreview is a jQuery plugin to add realtime preview panel to textareas, similar to StackOverflow edit interface. It allows to create a basic editor with preview, for example in comment form.

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Download

jquery.textareaPreview.js (minified)

Example usage

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<script src="jquery.textareaPreview.js"></script>

<textarea name="text"></textarea>

<script>
    $(function() {
        var $textarea = $("textarea[name='text']");
        $textarea.textareaPreview();
    });
</script>

This will add a preview panel right below the textarea element. When you type some HTML into the textarea it's rendered inside the preview panel.

Options

You can provide additional options to the textarePreview() method.

container (default: null)

Selector string or jQuery object which is used as a preview panel. If it's not specified then empty <div> is created and inserted right after the textarea.

Example:

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<textarea name="text"></textarea>
<div id="preview"></div>

<script>
    $(function() {
        $("textarea").textareaPreview({
            container: "#preview"    // or container: $("#preview")
        });
    });
</script>

containerClass (default: "preview")

A CSS class which is added to preview panel. Note it's added only if the panel created automatically (i.e. container option is null).

Example:

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<textarea name="text"></textarea>

<script>
    $(function() {
        $("textarea").textareaPreview({
            containerClass: "myPreview"
        });
    });
</script>

This will add <div class="myPreview"></div> after the textarea which will be used as preview panel.

enabled (default: true)

Whether the preview is enabled when the plugin is initialized.

Example:

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<script>
    $(function() {
        $("textarea").textareaPreview({
            enabled: false
        });
    });
</script>

This will add a preview panel but it will be disabled by default. To enable it you should call the .textareaPreview("enable") method manually (see "Advanced Usage").

preprocess (default: null)

A function to pre-process the text before it's displayed in the preview. By default the text is inserted without any changes. This is a good place to call some markup processors, for example Markdown.

Example:

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<script>
    $(function() {
        $("textarea").textareaPreview({
            preprocess: function(text) {
                return convertMarkdownToHTML(text);
            }
        });
    });
</script>

updateInterval (default: 100)

A time interval between preview updates (in milliseconds). Well, the preview is not truly realtime :-)

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<textarea name="text"></textarea>

<script>
    $(function() {
        $("textarea").textareaPreview({
            updateInterval: 1000    // the preview is updated every second
        });
    });
</script>

Advanced usage

You can call enable or disable methods to enable or disable the preview panel.

Example:

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<textarea name="text"></textarea>
<a href="#" id="enable-preview">Enable preview</a>
<a href="#" id="disable-preview">Disable preview</a>

<script>
    $(function() {
        var $textarea = $("textarea").textareaPreview({
            enabled: false
        });
        $("#enable-preview").click(function(e) {
            e.preventDefault();
            $textarea.textareaPreview("enable");
        });
        $("#disable-preview").click(function(e) {
            e.preventDefault();
            $textarea.textareaPreview("disable");
        });
    });
</script>

Feedback

You can report bugs or propose improvements on GitHub project page


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