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Language: Web
Expertise: Beginner
Apr 26, 2000

Avoid Hard Carriage Returns in Your HTML Text Strings

When using the element property innerHTML to change the text of an element, make sure that you don't put hard carriage returns inside of the text string. Doing so will cause an "Unterminated string error." For example, the following code won't work:
 
myObj.innerText = "The innerText property sets or retrieves the text between the start
and end tags of the current element. This read-write property can be any valid string.";

If you do want to include breaks in your script to make your page more readable, one solution is to use the JScript concatenation symbol to concatenate separate strings into one, as in:

 
myObj.innerText = "The innerText property sets or retrieves the" + 
" text between the start and end tags of the" + 
" current element." + 
" This read-write property can be any valid + 
" string.";

VBScript's concatenation symbol '&' works the same way. For both languages, just make sure that you add spaces between string segments where necessary, since that won't be done automatically.

Manoj K.
 
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