Get the pure text without HTML element by javascript?

Get the pure text without HTML element by javascript?

I have the 1 button and some text in my HTML like the following:
function get_content(){
// I don’t know how to do in here!!!
}

I am
working in
ABC company.

When the user clicks the button, the content in the

will become the follow
Expected Result:

// All the HTML element within the

will be disappear
I am working in ABC company.

Can anyone help me how to write the javascript function? Thank you.

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

[2017-07-25] since this continues to be the accepted answer, despite being a very hacky solution, I’m incorporating Gabi‘s code into it, leaving my own to serve as a bad example.

<style>
.A {background: blue;}
.B {font-style: italic;}
.C {font-weight: bold;}
</style>

<script>
// my hacky approach:
function get_content() {
     var html = document.getElementById("txt").innerHTML;
     document.getElementById("txt").innerHTML = html.replace(/<[^>]*>/g, "");
}
// Gabi's elegant approach, but eliminating one unnecessary line of code:
function gabi_content() {
    var element = document.getElementById('txt');
    element.innerHTML = element.innerText || element.textContent;
}
// and exploiting the fact that IDs pollute the window namespace:
function txt_content() {
    txt.innerHTML = txt.innerText || txt.textContent;
}
</script>

<input type="button" onclick="get_content()" value="Get Content (bad)"/>
<input type="button" onclick="gabi_content()" value="Get Content (good)"/>
<input type="button" onclick="txt_content()" value="Get Content (shortest)"/>
<p id='txt'>
<span class="A">I am</span>
<span class="B">working in </span>
<span class="C">ABC company.</span>
</p>

Solution 2:

You can use this:

var element = document.getElementById('txt');
var text = element.innerText || element.textContent;
element.innerHTML = text;

Depending on what you need, you can use either element.innerText or element.textContent. They differ in many ways. innerText tries to approximate what would happen if you would select what you see (rendered html) and copy it to the clipboard, while textContent sort of just strips the html tags and gives you what’s left.

innerText also has compatability with old IE browsers (came from there).

Solution 3:

If you can use jquery then its simple

$("#txt").text()

Solution 4:

This answer will work to get just the text for any HTML element.

This first parameter “node” is the element to get the text from. The second parameter is optional and if true will add a space between the text within elements if no space would otherwise exist there.

function getTextFromNode(node, addSpaces) {
    var i, result, text, child;
    result = '';
    for (i = 0; i < node.childNodes.length; i++) {
        child = node.childNodes[i];
        text = null;
        if (child.nodeType === 1) {
            text = getTextFromNode(child, addSpaces);
        } else if (child.nodeType === 3) {
            text = child.nodeValue;
        }
        if (text) {
            if (addSpaces && /\S$/.test(result) && /^\S/.test(text)) text = ' ' + text;
            result += text;
        }
    }
    return result;
}

Solution 5:

Depending on what you need, you can use either element.innerText or element.textContent. They differ in many ways. innerText tries to approximate what would happen if you would select what you see (rendered html) and copy it to the clipboard, while textContent sort of just strips the html tags and gives you what’s left.

innerText is not just used for IE anymore, and it is supported in all major browsers. Of course, unlike textContent, it has compatability with old IE browsers (since they came up with it).

Complete example (from Gabi’s answer):

var element = document.getElementById('txt');
var text = element.innerText || element.textContent; // or element.textContent || element.innerText
element.innerHTML = text;

Solution 6:

This works for me compiled based on what was said here with a more modern standard. This works best for multiple looks up.

let element = document.querySelectorAll('.myClass')
  element.forEach(item => {
    console.log(item.innerHTML = item.innerText || item.textContent)
  })