# TextObserver

TextObserver replaces text on a webpage with whatever you want, including text injected dynamically after initial page load.

const badWordFilter = new TextObserver(text => text.replaceAll(/heck/gi, 'h*ck'));


Inspired by findAndReplaceDOMText, but with a different use case. Use findAndReplaceDOMText if you need to robustly substitute or wrap text that may span across multiple nodes a set number of times. TextObserver uses the MutationObserver interface to keep track of changes in the DOM. Any dynamically updated content will automatically be processed in time linear to the amount of changes, not to the total amount of nodes. This enables usage on modern infinite-scrolling websites that make heavy use of AJAX like Reddit and Discord without performance degrading as more content is added.

Image credit to xkcd 1288: Substitutions

See the repository README for more details. Here’s an example of a more advanced regex that uses capturing groups/backreferences to convert miles to kilometers:

const unitConverter = new TextObserver(text => text.replaceAll(
/(\d+\.?\d*) ?mi(\W|les?|\$)/gi,
(match, number) => (parseFloat(number) * 1.609).toFixed(2) + ' km'
));


The callback is not limited to a regular expression. Here’s a more complex example that transforms everything into “mOcKiNg SpOnGeBoB” case. Useful for heated Internet discussions!

const spongebobCase = new TextObserver(text => {
let characters = Array.from(text);
for (let i = 0; i < characters.length; i++) {
if (Math.random() < 0.5) {
if (characters[i].toUpperCase() === characters[i]) {
characters[i] = characters[i].toLowerCase();
} else {
characters[i] = characters[i].toUpperCase();
}
}
}
return characters.join('');
});


You don’t even have to necessarily modify the text at all if you’re doing something like sentiment analysis on your Internet readings. The possibilities are endless!