<style type="text/css">
  .morecontent span {
    display: none;
.ReadMore {
    display: visible;
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
        //length in characters
    var maxLength = 200;
    var ellipsestext = "...";
    var moretext = "Read more";
    var lesstext = "Read less";
        //get the text of paragraph or div
        var myStr = $(this).text();
       // check if it exceeds the maxLength limit
        if($.trim(myStr).length > maxLength){
            //get only limited string firts to show text on page load
            var newStr = myStr.substring(0, maxLength);

            //get remaining string         
 var removedStr = myStr.substr(maxLength, $.trim(myStr).length - maxLength);
            // now append the newStr + "..."+ hidden remaining string
            var Newhtml = newStr + '<span class="moreellipses">' + ellipsestext+ '</span><span class="morecontent"><span>' + removedStr + '</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="javascript:void(0)" class="ReadMore">' + moretext + '</a></span>';
    //function to show/hide remaining text on ReadMore button click
        if($(this).hasClass("less")) {
         else {
        return false;

    <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
    <p>This is another paragraph.</p>
    <p class="showReadMore">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.</p>

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