How to get the textarea’s maxlength attribute to work in Internet Explorer

If you are developing for an older version of Internet Explorer (IE8 and older), you might have noticed that your chronogically-challenged browser does not support the maxlength attribute. Fortunately, you can solve it with a few lines of jQuery:

//textarea maxlength support for chronogically-challenged browsers
    //Get the value
    var text = $(this).val();
    //Get the maxlength
    var limit = $(this).attr('maxlength');
    //Check if the length exceeds what is permitted
    if(text.length > limit){
        //Truncate the text if necessary
        $(this).val(text.substr(0, limit));  

This snipped of code will apply the fix to all textareas in your page.

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  2. hey i used your above code but its not working in mine it is giving error like maxlength attribute cant be used inside textarea field.

    please help

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