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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.toString() method returns a string currently being represented by the selection object, i.e. the currently selected text.


    str =

    Return value

    • str is the string representation of selection.




    This method returns the currently selected text.

    In JavaScript, this method is called automatically when a function the selection object is passed to requires a string:

    alert(window.getSelection()) // What is called
    alert(window.getSelection().toString())  // What is actually being effectively called.


    Specification Status Comment
    HTML Editing APIs
    The definition of 'Selection.toString()' 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 ? ? ?

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