Javascript – Extract the text out of HTML string using JavaScript

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I am trying to get the inner text of HTML string, using a JS function(the string is passed as an argument). Here is the code:

function extractContent(value) {
  var content_holder = "";

  for (var i = 0; i < value.length; i++) {
    if (value.charAt(i) === '>') {
      continue;
      while (value.charAt(i) != '<') {
        content_holder += value.charAt(i);
      }
    }

  }
  console.log(content_holder);
}

extractContent("<p>Hello</p><a href='http://w3c.org'>W3C</a>");

The problem is that nothing gets printed on the console(*content_holder* stays empty). I think the problem is caused by the === operator.

Best Answer

Create an element, store the HTML in it, and get its textContent:

function extractContent(s) {
  var span = document.createElement('span');
  span.innerHTML = s;
  return span.textContent || span.innerText;
};
    
alert(extractContent("<p>Hello</p><a href='http://w3c.org'>W3C</a>"));


Here's a version that allows you to have spaces between nodes, although you'd probably want that for block-level elements only:

function extractContent(s, space) {
  var span= document.createElement('span');
  span.innerHTML= s;
  if(space) {
    var children= span.querySelectorAll('*');
    for(var i = 0 ; i < children.length ; i++) {
      if(children[i].textContent)
        children[i].textContent+= ' ';
      else
        children[i].innerText+= ' ';
    }
  }
  return [span.textContent || span.innerText].toString().replace(/ +/g,' ');
};
    
console.log(extractContent("<p>Hello</p><a href='http://w3c.org'>W3C</a>.  Nice to <em>see</em><strong><em>you!</em></strong>"));

console.log(extractContent("<p>Hello</p><a href='http://w3c.org'>W3C</a>.  Nice to <em>see</em><strong><em>you!</em></strong>",true));