howardtyler howardtyler - 3 months ago 11
jQuery Question

How to get count of word in element using javascript?

Hi I would like to do a Word Count in my RTE (Rich Text Editor) with javascript can also use with jquery. But it should not count the html tags and repeating white spaces.

Sample Text:

<h1>Hello World</h1> <p> This is Good!!!</p> answer <h2>thanks! </h2>

The javascript should display 7 only.

Is there any javascript code for this and that is also fast to calculate the Word Count?



What if the sample text is this:
<p>11 22&nbsp; 33</p><p>44</p>5<br></div>

The javascript should display 5 only.


First you need to get text content of element. You can get text of element using text(). Then you need to remove additional space of text. trim() and replace(/[\s]+/g, " ") remove additional space in text. Now you can convert text to word using split() method.

var length = $(".text").text().trim().replace(/[\s]+/g, " ").split(" ").length;
<script src=""></script>
<div class="text">
    <h1>Hello World</h1> 
    <p> This  is   Good!!!</p> 
    <h2>thanks! </h2>