Get contents of a Rich Text applet with JavaScript

The current contents of the Lotus "Rich Text" field Java applet are available in the browser using Javascript. To get the contents of a Rich Text applet field named "PunchList", use the following JavaScript:

var entries = document.applets.lnaPunchList.getText("text/html");

Note that the applet name is "lna" (for "Lotus Notes Applet"?) followed by the name of the rich text field that it represents.

The cool part is that the returned text in "entries" will be the HTML that represents the current contents of the applet, formatting and all. To get plain text use "text/plain" as the getText argument. Note that a rich text applet contains "<P></P>" in html or a newline character in plain text when it is "empty".

var entries = document.applets.lnaPunchList.getText("text/html");

This was first published in October 2001

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