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


text = range.toString();


var range = document.createRange();

text = range.toString();


Specification Status Comment
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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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 9.0 (Yes)
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) 9.0 9.0 (Yes)

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