I'm really not sure how to go about doing this, so any and all pointers are welcome. What I'd like to do is be able to find the position and width of a word that has been typed inside of a <textarea>, so that I might overlay some absolutely-positioned elements on top, and size them properly. I would really like to be able to do this in the most general case as possible (independent of fonts, font size, size of the textarea, etc.), but as stated any help is welcome. If I'm being ambiguous I can try to re-explain things with pictures. Thanks!