splitLines() is a jQuery plugin that takes a block of text and splits it up into separate lines based on the width of the box or a width passed to the function.
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SplitLines jQuery Plugin

SplitLines ($.splitLines()) is a jQuery plugin that splits new lines of wrapped text into their own HTML elements, allowing you to animate or operate on each line individually. Works with nested HTML tags.

Requirements

  • jQuery 1.4.2 or later

Usage

HTML

<div id="mytext">
    This is an <strong>example</strong> of some long text 
    that we want to split into lines.
</div>

Javascript

$('#mytext').splitLines({
    tag: '<div><span class="someClass">',
    width: 200,
    keepHtml: true
});

Result

<div id="mytext">
    <div><span class="someClass">This is an</span></div>
    <div><span class="someClass"><strong>example</strong> of</span></div>
    <div><span class="someClass">some long</span></div>
    <div><span class="someClass">text that we</span></div>
    <div><span class="someClass">want to split</span></div>
    <div><span class="someClass">into lines.</span></div>
</div>

Now go forth, and animate!

For more demos, take a look at the demos.html file in this repo. There are some animated use cases in there as well.

License

Copyright (c) 2012 Jeremy Harris

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.