Range.toString()

The Range.toString() method is a stringifier returning the text of the Range.

Alerting the contents of a Range makes an implicit toString() call, so comparing range and text through an alert dialog is ineffective.

Syntax

text = range.toString();

Example

HTML

<p>This example logs <b>everything</b> between the bold <b>words</b>. Look at the output below.</p>
<p id="log"></p>

JavaScript

const range = document.createRange();

range.setStartBefore(document.getElementsByTagName('b').item(0), 0);
range.setEndAfter(document.getElementsByTagName('b').item(1), 0);
document.getElementById('log').textContent = range.toString();

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'Range.toString()' in that specification.
Living Standard No change.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Traversal and Range Specification
The definition of 'Range.toString()' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

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toStringChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 4IE Full support 9Opera Full support 9Safari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android ?

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See also