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                <p><input class="text-input limited" maxlength="120" />
  <span class="remaining"></span></p>

<p><textarea class="text-input limited-area"></textarea>
  <span class="remaining"></span></p>


  padding: 5px;
    background: #fafafa;

textarea {
  width: 320px;
  height: 50px;

.text-input {
  width: 200px;
  padding: 5px 10px;
  border: 1px solid #dedede;
  &:focus {
    outline: none;
    border-color: #ababab;

.remaining {
  display: inline-block;
  margin-left: 5px;
  color: #999;


 * Demo jQuery plugin for article
 * TextLimit - a remaining char counter and text limiting

  // default plugin options
  var defaults = {
        maxlength: 0,
        counter: '.remaining'
  // Constructor method
  var TextLimit = function($el, options){
    var opts = $.extend({}, defaults, options),
        $counter = $,
    limit = $el.attr('maxlength') ? parseInt($el.attr('maxlength')) : opts.maxlength;
    if(limit > 0) {
      bindUIActions($el, limit, $counter);
  // UI action bindings
  var bindUIActions = function($el, limit, $counter){
    // first count initial
    countChars($el, limit, $counter);
    $el.on('keyup focus', function(){
      return countChars($el, limit, $counter);
  // Counting the chars
  var countChars = function($el, limit, $counter){
    var value = $el.val(),
        valLength = value.length,
        remaining = limit - valLength;
    if(remaining < 0){
      $el.val(value.substring(0, limit));
      remaining = 0;
  $.fn.textlimit = function(options){
    return this.each(function(){
      var $el = $(this),
      // if plugin is already attached to the element, do not attach again
      if($el.hasClass('textlimit-ready')) return;
      // call the constructor method
      textlimit = new TextLimit($el, options);

  maxlength: 500