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I've seen on sites how you can have a normal input button which allows you to insert text into the box. I want to have a button that will insert a html tag where ever the cursor is in the text area. I.e. if i have just typed a URL, I would like to be able to highlight this and then click on the hyperlink button. this would insert the h ref tag and closed tag and the start and finsish so this becomes a link.

Is this possible just using javascript / html, or would i need to find a rich text editor like what is used when you add a new topic / post??

Would appreciate your input,


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Not sure exactly how to have it so that when you select the text and then click the button it adds tags around it, but you can do this:

[code]<input type="button" value="HREF Tag" onclick="document.getElementById('textareaid').value = document.getElementById('textareaid').value + '<a href=\"\"></a>'" />[/code]

Or something similar.

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