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Android Code Snippet Spannable Text to HTML

Discussion in 'Code Snippets' started by Marcos Alves, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. Marcos Alves

    Marcos Alves Active Member Licensed User

    Recently I faced a problem involving spannable text where I needed to store an EditText content and later restore in a new View on screen.
    It is a hard job as you can't store a formatted spannable text in a database or in a flat text. The solution is to convert the EditText content to html , store, and then convert again from html and show.
    There are two Android java function those we can use to do this:

    With a small implementation and the help of @Erel I developed a small java routine that could be useful to store and recover spannable texts, maintaining the types formatting. Attached also an apk with a sample code using the routine. To test:
    - Open a formatted text in any app (browser, e-mail, etc)
    - Copy the text
    - Paste in the bottom edittext
    - Click the button
    - The formatted text will be copied to the edittext on the top

    You can see that in the code there is a string variable called html... this could be stored in any string field using sqlite or even in a text file and recovered later... with the method fromHtml you can also convert a html text to spannable and use as a text in an edittext.
    LIMITATIONS: not all html methods are implemented in Android... also, the alignment is lost when converting to html.

    Sub Button1_Click
    Dim Jo As JavaObject

    Dim Cs As CSBuilder
    Dim Html As String

        Html = Jo.RunMethod(

        EditText1.Text = Jo.RunMethod(

    End Sub

    Sub GetCharSequenceFromEditText(et As EditTextAs Object
    Dim jo As JavaObject = et
    Dim Test As Object
        Test = jo.RunMethod(
    Return jo.RunMethod("getText"Null)
    End Sub

    #If Java
    import android.widget.TextView;
    import android.text.Html;
    import android.text.Spannable;
    import android.text.Spanned;

        public static String toHtml(Spannable sourceText) {
            String genHtm = Html.toHtml(sourceText);
            return genHtm;
        public static Spanned fromHtml(String htmlString) {
             Spanned returnView = Html.fromHtml(htmlString);
            return returnView;
    #End If

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