window.getSelection and document.selection legacy support - by IECustomizer

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ID 795325 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 7/29/2013 8:07:12 PM
Access Restriction Public


document.selection support was removed in IE10 and replaced with window.getSelection.

This is incorrect and document.selection should be continued to be supported for legacy markup and script that render in a 'standards' or IE10 Quirks document mode.

similarly this was done for addEventListener and attachEvent.

Cross interoperable applications should feature detect I/o browser sniff.
if (window.getSelection) {  // all browsers, except IE before version 9
    var selectionRange = window.getSelection();                                        
    return selectionRange.toString ());
else {
    if (document.selection.type == 'None') {
        alert ("No content is selected, or the selected content is not available!");
    else {
        var textRange = document.selection.createRange ();
        return textRange.text;
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Posted by Christian Stockwell [MSFT] on 9/3/2013 at 7:42 PM
Thank you for your feedback. This is actually an intentional choice. In general, when a standards-compliant or interoperable API is available to replace proprietary behavior, we prefer to remove support for that legacy behavior in our most recent standard mode. We preserved attachEvent in previous releases of IE only because at that time it was necessary to preserve compatibility for some sites. In IE11, we even removed support for attachEvent in our Edge document mode.

What you propose would yield diminishing returns over time as developers move to more appropriate APIs and would continue to hamper the IE team's ability to provide meaningful value in our most compliant document modes. Instead, we've opted to preserve that old functionality where necessary in older document modes, which developers can use while they plan to move to more modern functionality.
Posted by Microsoft on 8/1/2013 at 12:39 PM
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