Convert hash tags (#) and @mentions into colorful text by jQuery autotag

The jquery-autotag plug-in

The autotag plug-in converts any text typed in the contentEditable=”true” elements of the DOM with @ or # into colorful and distinguishable text.

Since social media, the usage of mentions (@) and hashtags (#) has incredibly increased, so it is worthwhile to make it prominent if your web pages has content editable fields like text paragraphs or div elements.

Basically, the autotag plug-in will work with any HTML element where contentEditable attribute is set as true.

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Configuring the autotag jQuery plug-in

After downloading the package, get the jquery-autotag-1.3.min file form the JS folder and place it in the appropriate location. Refer the file after the jQuery reference:

  <script src=””></script>

<script src=”js/autotag/jquery-autotag-1.3.min.js”></script>

The markup:

<div id=”autotag-demo” class=”snippet-area” contentEditable=”true”></div>

Initiate the plug-in:


A demo of colorful text for @ and # tag

Open the demo page by clicking the image or link below and type sentence with @ and # tags and see how it automatically converts that text in green and red color text:

jQuery auto tag

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In above example, a div element is used. You may also use the paragraph tag <p>, a <span> tag etc. with contentEditable=”true” attribute.

A demo of using other colors than red and green

You may want to use some other colors for @ and # tags than red and green. Modifying these colors is quite simple. The plug-in comes up with a CSS file (jquery-autotag.css). You need to override these two classes that specify the color:

  • hash-autotag
  • at-autotag

See this demo where I have used these two classes in the <style> section after the reference of the jquery-autotag.css file. This will override the default colors. Also, I used <p> tag with contentEditable attribute for this example:

jQuery auto tag colors

See online demo and code

The markup:


The additional CSS classes in the style section:


This nice and simple plug-in is brought to you by motorstreak @GitHub.