IN THIS CHAPTER
Objects that display running body text in documents
Using the NN/Mozilla Range and IE TextRange objects
Scripting search-and-replace actions
A large number of HTML elements fall into a catchall category of elements whose purposes are slightly more targeted than contextual elements covered in Chapter 26, "Generic HTML Element Objects." In this group are some very widely used elements, such as the
h6 header elements, plus several elements that are not yet widely used because their full support may be lacking, even in some of the most modern browsers. In this chapter, you find all sorts of text-related objects, excluding those objects that act as form controls (text boxes and such, which are covered in Chapter 35, "Text-Related Form Objects"). For the most part, properties, methods, and event handlers of this chapter's objects are the generic ones covered in Chapter 26. Only those items that are unique to each object are covered in this chapter (as will be the case in all succeeding chapters).
Beyond the HTML element objects covered in this chapter, you also meet the
TextRange object, first introduced in IE4, and the corresponding
Range object from the W3C DOM. This object is a very powerful one for scripters because it allows scripts to work very closely with body content—not in terms of, for example, the
nodeValue properties of elements, but rather in terms of the text as it appears on the page in what users see as ...