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    This is an experimental technology
    Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for the proper prefixes to use in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the spec changes.

    The Selection.getRangeAt() method returns a range object representing one of the ranges currently selected.


    range = sel.getRangeAt(index)


    The Range object that will be returned.
    The zero-based index of the range to return. A negative number or a number greater than or equal to Selection.rangeCount will result in an error.


    var ranges = [];
    sel = window.getSelection();
    for(var i = 0; i < sel.rangeCount; i++) {
     ranges[i] = sel.getRangeAt(i);
    /* Each item in the ranges array is now 
     * a range object representing one of the 
     * ranges in the current selection */


    Specification Status Comment
    HTML Editing APIs
    The definition of 'Selection.getRangeAt()' in that specification.
    Editor's Draft Initial definition

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support ? (Yes) ? ? ?
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support ? (Yes) 1.0 ? ? ?

    See also

    • Selection, the interface it belongs to.
    • Tree Selection (for the getRangeAt() method on the nsITreeSelection interface)

    Document Tags and Contributors

    Last updated by: fscholz,