View Full Version : Getting a href from an "A" element

01-31-2008, 10:50 PM

I've a problem, I want to get the 'href' from a text by using javascript.
But I only want to see the 'href' when my cursor is on it.. so if my cursor is not between the <a></a> I don't want to get the href..
I'm getting confused of it, and I hope someone knows a solutions for it..
this is what I have so far:

my NOT working code to get the href:


code where I want get out of the href

bla bla bla
<a href="www.site.nl">Text1</a>
<a href="www.blabla.nl">Text2</a>

so when my cursor is on 'Text1' I want to see the href of it, but when my cursor is on 'Text2' I want to see the href of that link.



01-31-2008, 11:19 PM
I suppose that this will work, I'm not sure:


I figure out that this can't work, becouse:
- probably must be
- getElementsByTagName return an array
- I don't know how to use selection and createRange but I guess that must be used somewhere after getElementsByTagName
- innerHTML and href must be apply to a single element of the array

sorry, maybe somebody could help you more then I can do

best regards

02-01-2008, 03:18 PM
Thanks for the fast reply, but that isn't working for my script...

it's not a problem to get the href out of this:

<a href="www.test.com">text</a>
on that moment I can use this:


but it's a problem when &#237;t is like this:
<a href="www.test.com"><strong><font>text</font></strong</a>

which code do I need to use to get the href out of it..
I hope someone else can help me

02-01-2008, 03:44 PM
If you can, put a unique id to that <a>

<a id="link1" href="www.test.com">text</a>
document.getElementById('link1').href will work.

02-01-2008, 03:56 PM
Yes that would be an easy way.. but it isn't that easy,

I don't want to use the 'id' tag.
I want to use it for a WYSIWYG script, there I want to display the 'href'.

but thanks:)

someone else haves experience with it? Or any idea's how to fix it?

02-01-2008, 04:22 PM
I found a little solutions for this:

if (undefined != document.selection.createRange().parentElement().href){
var showUrl = document.selection.createRange().parentElement().href;}
else if (undefined != document.selection.createRange().parentElement().parentElement.href){
var showUrl = document.selection.createRange().parentElement().parentElement.href;}
else if (undefined != document.selection.createRange().parentElement().parentElement.parentElement.href){
var showUrl = document.selection.createRange().parentElement().parentElement.parentElement.href;}

thanks for your reply's!
if someone knows a better way to do this, let me know;) and if not, than this topic can be closed.



02-01-2008, 05:08 PM
Thats a post on my blog. easy!

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