Characters

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents

Description

A collection of characters (TextRange objects of length 1).

The elements are not named; you must access them by index.


Properties

Characters.length

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.length

Description

The number of characters in the collection.

Type

Number; read-only.


Characters.parent

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.parent

Description

The text art item that contains this character.

Type

Object; read-only.


Characters.typename

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.typename

Description

The class name of the referenced object.

Type

String; read-only.


Methods

Characters.add()

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.add(contents[,relativeObject][,insertionLocation])

Description

Adds a new character with specified text contents at the specified location in the current document.

If a location is not specified, adds the new character to the containing text frame after the current text selection or insertion point.

Parameters

Parameter Type Description
contents String Text contents to add
relativeObject TextFrameItem, optional Object to add item to
insertionLocation ElementPlacement, optional Location to place text

Returns

TextRange


Characters.addBefore()

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.addBefore(contents)

Description

Adds a character before the specified text selection.

Parameters

Parameter Type Description
contents String Text contents to add

Returns

TextRange


Characters.index()

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.index(itemKey)

Description

Gets an element from the collection.

Parameters

Parameter Type Description
itemKey String, Number String or number key

Returns

TextRange


Characters.removeAll()

app.activeDocument.textFrames[index].contents.removeAll()

Description

Deletes all elements in the collection.

Returns

Nothing.


Example

Counting characters

// Counts all characters in the active document,
// including whitespace, and stores in numChars

if (app.documents.length > 0) {
  var doc = app.activeDocument;
  var numChars = 0;
  for (var i = 0; i < doc.textFrames.length; i++) {
    var textArtRange = doc.textFrames[i].contents;
    numChars += textArtRange.length;
  }
}