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Android Build an Interactive Story App (Retired) Finishing the User Interface Creating the Story Layout

Javier Diaz
Javier Diaz
1,740 Points


Can we write a large text in a TextView? is there a limit of words? Thank you

2 Answers

Yes you can write a large text. I am not sure how it will look like in your app but it is possible. You can set limit of words but I haven't heard of there being a limit to that by default. I suggest you have a look at this as well.

Harry James
Harry James
14,780 Points

Well... there is kind of a catch...

Another user had an issue where they were trying to write a large amount of text in a TextView and, this caused an error for them. Unfortunately, the fixes are not easy and instead require you to "stream" the characters (So, appending a character to the TextView each time instead of just attaching a block of text).

The thing is... if you write the string in XML format (Using android:text), it works fine. But, if you write it in Java as a string (String myString = "Really long string..."; ), you get an error.

But, just now, I managed to think of a solution without the really difficult need to stream characters! And I tested it :)

I noticed that it works in XML format so, you can simply write your String in Strings.xml in your values directory and, hey presto! You can then use

TextView textView = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.textView);
textView.setMovementMethod(new ScrollingMovementMethod());

String longText = (String) getText(R.string.longText);


in your Java code and you're all sorted!

In case you were wondering, I'm using the setMovementMethod here because it allows you to scroll a page with long text :)

Hope it helps!