Android and   in TextView


Android Problem Overview

is it possible to add   in TextView? Has anyone achieved similar functionality?

I want to have non-breakable space in TextView.

Android Solutions

Solution 1 - Android

TextView respects the Unicode no-break space character (\u00A0), which would be a simpler/lighter solution than HTML.

Solution 2 - Android

It is possible to use   to have a readable solution. Including \u00A0 or   or  /  in the text doesn't really convey much information to the reader of the source code (or translator for that matter), unless you remember the hex codes. Here's a way to use the named entity in strings.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE resources [
    <!ENTITY nbsp "&#160;"><!-- non-breaking space, U+00A0 -->

This will create the missing declaration. The original HTML declaration can be found in referenced from the usual XHTML DTDs. All this works, because the XML parser reads these and substitutes while loading the file, so the entity won't be present in the resulting compiled resources.

&nbsp; in Android Text (CharSequence) Resources

<!-- Defined in <resources> -->
<string name="html_text">Don\'t break <b>this&nbsp;name</b></string>

<!-- Used in a layout -->

Device and preview (preview doesn't recognize HTML)
HTML on device HTML in preview

&nbsp; in Android String (formatted) Resources

<!-- Defined in <resources> -->
<string name="formatted_text">%1$s is&nbsp;nice</string>

<!-- Used in a layout -->

Then in code:

String contents = getString(R.string.formatted_text, "Using an &nbsp;");

Device and preview (preview doesn't recognize entities and Java strings are literal text!)
formatted on device formatted in preview

Further tricks

These are just example uses of DTD entities, use it base on your own preference.

<!ENTITY con "\&apos;"><!-- contraction, otherwise error: "Apostrophe not preceded by \"
                            Sadly &apos; cannot be overridden due to XML spec:
<!ENTITY param1 "&#37;1$s"><!-- format string argument #1 -->

<string name="original">Don\'t wrap %1$s</string>
<string name="with_entities">Don&con;t wrap &param1;</string>

Both of them help highlighting: highlighted XML entities

Solution 3 - Android

\u00A0 is a non-breaking space, \u0020 is not a non-breaking space

Solution 4 - Android

The TextView should respect the non breaking space

<string name="test">Hello&#160;world</string>


new TextView("Hello\u00A0world");

Solution 5 - Android

One unique situation I ran into was adding a non-breaking space to a string resource that took String.format parameters.

    <string name="answer_progress" formatted="false">Answered %d of %d</string>

I tried to simply copy and past the non-breaking space character into the string and it was replaced with a regular old space after compiling.

Removing the formatted="false", numbering the format args and using the backslash notation worked for me:

    <string name="answer_progress">Answered %1$d\u00A0of\u00A0%2$d</string>

Solution 6 - Android

This worked for me:

if (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= android.os.Build.VERSION_CODES.N) {
    textview.setText(Html.fromHtml(your string, Html.FROM_HTML_MODE_LEGACY));
} else {
    textview.setText(Html.fromHtml(your string);

Solution 7 - Android

This is an example that using nbsp in a TextView

<string name="text">Example:\u00A0</string>

Solution 8 - Android

Strange, but in my case non of these two worked:

  • &nbsp;
  • \u00A0 The TextView was showing them as text.

So I just inserted non-breaking space as it is: " "


All content for this solution is sourced from the original question on Stackoverflow.

The content on this page is licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

Content TypeOriginal AuthorOriginal Content on Stackoverflow
QuestionMikooosView Question on Stackoverflow
Solution 1 - AndroidDan DyerView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 2 - AndroidTWiStErRobView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 3 - AndroidBrenagwynnView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 4 - AndroidrdsView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 5 - AndroidJonView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 6 - AndroidMadhan SekarView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 7 - AndroidkamenyView Answer on Stackoverflow
Solution 8 - AndroidDemigodView Answer on Stackoverflow