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JavaScript

Smith Thapa
Smith Thapa
7,023 Points

What is the significance of text() in the program. Isn't text() and val() performing the same task in the program??

2 Answers

Sergey Podgornyy
Sergey Podgornyy
20,660 Points

I agree with Erik. But for more clearance I want to show you an example on option tag:

<select>
  <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="saab" selected>Saab</option>
  <option value="opel">Opel</option>
  <option value="audi">Audi</option>
</select>

Text and value will be different here:

var text = $('option:selected').text();
var val = $('option:selected').val();

alert('Text of selected option is ' + text);
alert('Value of selected option is ' + val);

You can check this on JSfiddle

Erik Nemesis
Erik Nemesis
13,356 Points

text() is for returning the text of any html element (such as p, a, span and so on), that is, displayed on the screen. But you cannot get the contents of a text field or textarea with that, instead, you need to use val().