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Medium Editor Phrase

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Medium Editor Phrase is an extension to add a "phrase" button to Medium Editor.

A "phrase" is a group of one or more words.

This extension can be used to add a button to Medium Editor that adds an HTML tag to the selected text. Generally this means adding a span tag around a phrase that may not have any semantic meaning. The span can be useful for adding styles to the selected phrase. The phraseTagName is an option, so any HTML phasing content tag can be used, e.g. span, em, or code.

In some cases an alternative is MediumButton; however, Medium Editor Phrase has improved handling of selecting/unselecting text and unit tests pass on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Safari Mobile, and Edge.


npm install medium-editor-phrase

Initialization options

Options unique to Medium Editor Phrase:

  • phraseTagName: lowercase tagName of the phrase tag, default 'span'
  • phraseClassList: classes applied to each phrase tag, default []

Options inherited from Medium Editor's button:

  • name: name used to reference the button from medium editor, default 'phrase'
  • aria: aria label, default 'phrase'
  • contentDefault: HTML visible to the user in the toolbar button, default 'S'
  • classList: classes added to the button, default []


In this example, selected text will have a span added, e.g. preceding selected succeeding will become preceding <span class="has-footnote">selected</span> succeeding.

<div class="editable"></div>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<path_to_medium-editor>/dist/js/medium-editor.js"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript" src="<path_to_medium-editor-phrase>/dist/medium-editor-phrase.js"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">
  var editor = new MediumEditor('.editable', {
    toolbar: {
      buttons: ['bold', 'italic', 'phrase']
    extensions: {
      phrase: new MediumEditorPhrase({
         name: 'footnote',
         aria: 'footnote',
         contentDefault: '',
         phraseClassList: ['has-footnote']

Terminal commands

  • npm install medium-editor-phrase downloads Medium Editor Phrase.
  • npm test runs both eslint and karma tests configured by karma.conf.js.
  • npm run test-travis runs eslint and karma configured for Travis CI by karma.travis.conf.js to run tests on headless Chrome browser and report code coverage to Coveralls.
  • npm run test-browserstack runs eslint locally and karma tests on BrowserStack configured by karma.browserstack.conf.js. Note: BROWSERSTACK_USERNAME and BROWSERSTACK_ACCESS_KEY environment variables must be set to run tests on BrowserStack.
  • gulp compiles the script to dist/medium-editor-phrase.js and dist/medium-editor-phrase.min.js.



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