In thi article I will explain with an example and attached sample code, how to limit number of characters in an ASP.Net Multiline TextBox using jQuery MaxLength plugin.
HTML TextArea control does not have MaxLength property like the normal TextBox and Password fields to limit the number of characters. Hence I have built a MaxLength jQuery plugin which simulates the working of the normal MaxLength and allows users to limit charatcers in ASP.Net Multiline TextBox with the help of JavaScript and jQuery.
 
 
HTML Markup
The HTML Markup consists of three ASP.Net TextBoxes for which the Maximum Length validation will be implemented.
There is also an HTML DIV for displaying the Character Count for the second TextBox.
<form id="form1" runat="server">
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine" Width="300" Height="100"></asp:TextBox>
<br />
<br />
<div id="counter"></div>
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox2" runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine" Width="300" Height="100"
    Text="Mudassar Khan"></asp:TextBox>
<br />
<br />
<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox3" runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine" Width="300" Height="100"></asp:TextBox>
</form>
 
 
Limit number of characters in an ASP.Net Multiline TextBox using jQuery
The jQuery MaxLength plugin has the following required and optional parameters:
1. MaxLength (required) – Integer value indicating the Maximum character length limit.
2. CharacterCountControl (optional) – By default the plugin will display character count below the TextArea, but user has option to explicitly specify the Character Count Control.
Note

: The character count control can only HTML SPAN or DIV.
 
3. DisplayCharacterCount (optional) – Default true. If set to false the Character counting will be disabled.
Inside the jQuery document ready event handler, the MaxLength jQuery plugin is applied to all the three ASP.Net TextBoxes with three different configurations.
First TextBox – Default configuration. Maximum Length validation will be performed and Character count will be displayed.
Second TextBox – Maximum Length validation will be performed and Character Count will be displayed in a HTML DIV.
Third TextBox – Only Maximum Length validation will be performed.
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="MaxLength.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function () {
        //Normal Configuration
        $("[id*=TextBox1]").MaxLength({ MaxLength: 10 });
 
        //Specifying the Character Count control explicitly
        $("[id*=TextBox2]").MaxLength(
        {
            MaxLength: 15,
            CharacterCountControl: $('#counter')
        });
 
        //Disable Character Count
        $("[id*=TextBox3]").MaxLength(
        {
            MaxLength: 20,
            DisplayCharacterCount: false
        });
    });
</script>
 
 
Screenshot
Limit number of characters in an ASP.Net Multiline TextBox using jQuery
 
 
Browser Compatibility

The above code has been tested in the following browsers.

Internet Explorer  FireFox  Chrome  Safari  Opera 

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