Paragraphs in javascript

Do you know if there is an easy way of counting paragraphs in a textarea using nothing but javascript?

Thanks,

Answers:

Answer

Try this one:

document.getElementById('textarea_id').value.replace(/\n$/gm, '').split(/\n/).length;

This will ignore empty strings (see @Sean Vieira answer)

Answer
var my_data = document.getElementById("txt_area_in_question").value;
alert("The total paragraphs in the text area are: "+ 
                            my_data.split("\n\n").length)?;???

Now, this doesn't take into account multiple newlines without text ... so:

Some text

Some more text





Some more text

will return 5 rather than 3

The solution is to strip out all whitespace, and return what's left:

var my_data = document.getElementById("txt_area_in_question").value;
my_data = my_data.split("\n\n");
var g = my_data.length;
var i = 0;
var strip_whitespace = /\s+/gi;
while (g >=0) {
    g--;
    var tmp = my_data[g];
    tmp = tmp ? tmp .replace(strip_whitespace,"") : tmp;
    if( tmp && tmp.length > 1 ) {
        i++;
    }
}
alert("The total paragraphs in the text area are: "+i)?;???? //Will properly alert 3

See: http://jsfiddle.net/UBWpJ/

Answer

You can improve Sean Viera answer by splitting on (\n *\n)/g instead of just \n\n then you have no issues with spaces between the paragraphs

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