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Text maxLength Property

Text Object Reference Text Object

Example

Return the maximum number of characters allowed in a specific text field:

var x = document.getElementById("myText").maxLength;

The result of x will be:

30

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Definition and Usage

The maxLength property sets or returns the value of the maxlength attribute of a text field.

The maxLength attribute specifies the maximum number of characters allowed in a text field.

Tip: To set or return the width of a text field, in number of characters, use the size property.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The maxLength property is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

Return the maxLength property:

textObject.maxLength

Set the maxLength property:

textObject.maxLength=integer

Property Values

Value Description
integer Specifies the maximum number of characters allowed in the text field

Technical Details

Return Value: A Number, representing the maximum number of characters allowed in the text field


More Examples

Example

Set the maximum number of characters allowed in a text field:

document.getElementById("myText").maxLength="4";

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Example

Jump to the next text field when a field's maxlength has been reached:

if (y.length == x.maxLength)
  {
  var next = x.tabIndex;
  if (next<document.getElementById("myForm").length)
    {
    document.getElementById("myForm").elements[next].focus();
    }
  }

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Related Pages

HTML reference: HTML <input> maxlength attribute


Text Object Reference Text Object

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