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Opened 13 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#3144 closed bug (fixed)

Inconsistent cross-browser results from .text() method

Reported by: dmethvin Owned by: dmethvin
Priority: low Milestone: 1.7
Component: selector Version: 1.4.4
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


The .text() method returns different whitespace on different browsers. In the case of IE6/7, it sometimes returns no whitespace at all between adjacent text nodes, even though the corresponding .innerText result has white space.

This behavior has been in the .text() method for quite a while, so I don't think a lot of people have found it a critical problem. I would say that IE's lack of whitespace between text nodes is a bug.

The other whitespace differences might deserve some thought as well; for example, should IE's CR-LF sequences be changed to LF for consistency with the other browsers? Regardless, there will still be whitespace differences across browsers that jQuery can't control. For example, IE sometimes removes the trailing newline from text.




Sorta-related: Bug #2425

Change History (13)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by dmethvin

Closed duplicate #5429 with another example.

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by ioquatix

I have fixed this bug. Here is the patch:

jQuery.getText = function ( elems ) {
	var ret = "", elem;

	for ( var i = 0; elems[i]; i++ ) {
		elem = elems[i];

		// Get the text from text nodes and CDATA nodes
		if ( elem.nodeType === 3 || elem.nodeType === 4 ) {
			ret += elem.nodeValue;
		// Use textContent || innerText for elements
		} else if ( elem.nodeType === 1 ) {
			if ( typeof(elem.textContent) === 'string' )
				ret += elem.textContent;
			else if ( typeof(elem.innerText) === 'string' )
				ret += elem.innerText;
				ret += getText( elem.childNodes );
		// Traverse everything else, except comment nodes
		} else if ( elem.nodeType !== 8 ) {
			ret += getText( elem.childNodes );

	return ret;

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by dmethvin


comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by Rick Waldron

Owner: set to dmethvin
Status: newpending

Dave is this issue still outstanding?

comment:5 Changed 11 years ago by dmethvin

Status: pendingnew

#4808 is a duplicate of this ticket.

comment:6 Changed 11 years ago by SlexAxton

Priority: minorlow
Status: newpending

I think the dupe triggered a reopen on this one. Would still love someone to verify that this is an issue in the latest jQuery.

comment:7 Changed 11 years ago by jitter

Keywords: needsreview added
Status: pendingopen
Version 0, edited 11 years ago by jitter (next)

comment:8 Changed 11 years ago by dmethvin

I played with the test case a bit more, and included the getText from ioquatix:


It does look like the new getText provides better results for IE.

comment:9 Changed 10 years ago by dmethvin

Confirmed in bug triage, but low priority.

comment:10 Changed 10 years ago by timmywil

Resolution: fixed
Status: openclosed

Update Sizzle. Fixes #3144, #6863.

Changeset: 22fcc7744daded0dc0783d85df3bd88c6dbc4544

comment:11 Changed 10 years ago by timmywil

Component: coreselector
Keywords: needsreview removed
Milestone: 1.next1.7

comment:12 Changed 10 years ago by dbjdbj

Looking into latest version: http://code.jquery.com/jquery-git.js

What if function argument is null or undefined ?

comment:13 Changed 10 years ago by anonymous

I suppose "safe and slower" approach does not work? Perhaps: http://jsbin.com/uqadup/43/

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