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JavaScript Event – Keypress

This code was written based on a template by John Resig. The original can be found at John Resig’s addEvent function website.

The code, and the template, are referred to in Webmonkey’s JavaScript Events reference page. In this example, the onKeypress event fires when a key is pressed and at an interval determined by the operating system as long as the key is still held down. The continual firing seperates it from the keydown and keyup events, which fire only once.

The event only fires if the target field has focus, though the target can be the entire window to catch the keypress event globally.

The Code




// addEvent function by John Resig:


function addEvent( obj, type, fn ) {

  if ( obj.attachEvent ) {

    obj['e'+type+fn] = fn;

    obj[type+fn] = function(){obj['e'+type+fn]( window.event );}

    obj.attachEvent( 'on'+type, obj[type+fn] );

  } else

    obj.addEventListener( type, fn, false );





<!-- HTML for example event goes here -->

<input id="mytext" type="text" />

<br /><div id="mydiv" style="border: 1px solid black; width: 100px; height: 100px; margin-top: 10px;"></div>


// Script for example event goes here

addEvent(document.getElementById('mytext'), 'keypress', function(event) {

	display_short('keypress: ' + event.charCode);


function display_short(str)



	document.getElementById('mydiv').innerHTML = str;

	if (str != '')

		setTimeout("display_short('')", 1000);





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