Android – How to display information with justify alignment?

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Problem: How do i display information with Justify alignment?
Solution:

I saw many developers asking questions on Stackoverflow for this problems. Here are some:

1. Android TextView Justify Text
2. How to justify text on a TextView made easy- Android
3. Justify Text in TextView Android

We can display justified information in WebView, as such there is no any property/attribute for justify alignment in WebView widget but we can use a simple trick. The Trick is to define html tags with justify alignment as belows:

<html><body style="text-align:justify"> YOUR DATA </body></Html>

Android justify text

FYI, the same justify trick will not work for TextView. Mark Murphy (@commonsware) has already posted answer for TextView: “I do not believe Android supports full justification.”

MainActivity.java

package com.technotalkative.justifytext;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.webkit.WebView;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

	@Override
	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
		setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

		String htmlText = " %s ";
		String myData = "Hello World! This tutorial is to show demo of displaying text with justify alignment in WebView.";

		WebView webView = (WebView) findViewById(R.id.webView1);
		webView.loadData(String.format(htmlText, myData), "text/html", "utf-8");
	}
}

activity_main.xml


<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    tools:context=".MainActivity" >

    <WebView
        android:id="@+id/webView1"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"/>

</RelativeLayout>

Download this example from here: https://github.com/PareshMayani/Android-JustifyText

Paresh Mayani

Lazy android developer, exploring the horizon of android development since 5 years. He is Senior Software engineer at InfoStretch Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He is the Head/Organizer of Google Developers Group (GDG), Ahmedabad

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