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Is it possible to highlight text in jQuery via code?

Im trying to do my own autocomplete, and want to 'autocomplete' the text box with some text, so if the user presses a key then the highlighted text disappears.

What Im trying to do is set the highlight range, such as:-
    $('#txtTest').keyup(function () {
        var currLen = $('#txtTest').val();
            
        $('#txtTest').val($('#txtTest').val() + " Hello");
        $('#txtTest').attr({
            selectionStart: currLen,
            selectionEnd: 999
        });
    });

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So if you put in Bob in the textbox, then it will return 'Bob Hello' with ' Hello' highlighted.

Also I need to know what text is not highlighted, such as:-
    $('#txtTest').keyup(function () {

        var currUnselectedText = $('#txtTest').val().substring(1,$('#txtTest').selectionStart());
        });
    });

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My issue is I cannot find out any way of setting or getting highlighted text.
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Question by:tonelm54
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Julian Hansen earned 2000 total points
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Have you had a look at the examples on this site

http://help.dottoro.com/ljtfkhio.php

They show how to select text - Example 3 shows how to get the seleted text.

Example 3 Repeated below
<head>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function GetSelection () {
            var selection = "";

            var textarea = document.getElementById("myArea");
            if ('selectionStart' in textarea) {
                    // check whether some text is selected in the textarea
                if (textarea.selectionStart != textarea.selectionEnd) {
                    selection = textarea.value.substring  (textarea.selectionStart, textarea.selectionEnd);
                }
            }
            else {  // Internet Explorer before version 9
                    // create a range from the current selection
                var textRange = document.selection.createRange ();
                    // check whether the selection is within the textarea
                var rangeParent = textRange.parentElement ();
                if (rangeParent === textarea) {
                    selection = textRange.text;

                }
            }

            if (selection == "") {
                alert ("No text is selected.");
            }
            else {
                alert ("The current selection is: " + selection);
            }
        }
    </script>
</head>
<body>
    <textarea id="myArea" spellcheck="false">Select some text within this field.</textarea>
    <button onclick="GetSelection ()">Get the current selection</button>
</body>

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