BetterLinkMovementMethod

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Language
Java
Version
v2.2.0 (Apr 11, 2018)
Created
Sep 17, 2016
Updated
May 29, 2021
Owner
Saket Narayan (saket)
Contributors
Benjamin AIMONE (ben-j69)
Saket Narayan (saket)
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BetterLinkMovementMethod

When android:autoLink or Linkify.addLinks is used to add links to a TextView, Android uses a class known as LinkMovementMethod for highlighting links when they're focused and dispatching Intents when they're clicked.

BetterLinkMovementMethod improves over LinkMovementMethod, by fixing some of its flaws:

  • No support for custom click listeners. For e.g., phone numbers always show up in the dialer when clicked and there's no way to change that.
  • Incorrect calculation of touch areas for links, resulting in ghost touch areas (video).
  • Unreliable highlighting of links (video).

A detailed explanation of why (and when) you should use BetterLinkMovementMethod can be read here: http://saket.me/better-url-handler-textview-android/

Usage

BetterLinkMovementMethod is designed to be a drop-in replacement for LinkMovementMethod:

dependencies {
  implementation 'me.saket:better-link-movement-method:2.2.0'
}
val textView = findViewById(...)
Linkify.addLinks(textView, Linkify.ALL)
textView.movementMethod = BetterLinkMovementMethod.getInstance()

Click listeners can be registered by creating a unique instance of BetterLinkMovementMethod for each TextView:

textView.movementMethod = BetterLinkMovementMethod.newInstance().apply {
  setOnLinkClickListener { textView, url ->
    // Handle click or return false to let the framework handle this link.
    true
  }
  setOnLinkLongClickListener { textView, url ->
    // Handle long-click or return false to let the framework handle this link.
    true
  }

License

Copyright 2018 Saket Narayan.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

   http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
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WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
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