Highlighting Text with JavaScript and JQuery

24 September 2009 ~ blog javascript

In my recent post about Highlighting Text With JavaScript I suggested that I should try doing the same functionality with JQuery.

So I did, and I am really starting to like JQuery. Below are the modifications to the HTML shown in the previous posting; basically you just swap out the two script elements in the Prototype version with those shown below:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

    function highlight(){
        var htm = $('#content').html();
        var str = '';

        jQuery.each( htm.split(' '), function(){
            if(jQuery.trim(this) != ''){
                str += this.replace('pick','<span>pick</span>');

            str += ' ';


JQuery does on-load event handling and event-handling in general, from what I have seen, in a very similar way to
how Prototype does it. The highlight() function is a bit more complex in this version as JQuery does not seem
to have the same level of String manipulation support out of the box; however, maybe I missed it in the documentation or
perhaps there is a good plugin that adds better string handling. This post is not really meant to compare the two
libraries overall; it was more to satisfy my curiousity and get some practice with JQuery when solving a problem I have
already solved with Prototype.

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