StyledText

Text widget with formatted text using tags. Makes it easier to use formatted text in multilingual applications.

Formatting is set in the text using xml tags, for which styles and other behaviors are defined separately. It is also possible to insert icons and widgets through tags.

You can set the click handler for the tag, through a tag definition class StyledTextActionTag.

Attention! The way of specifying the styles and behavior of tags has changed. See how to migrate from version 2.0.

Attention! The default value of the newLineAsBreaks parameter has been changed, now it is enabled by default and line breaks are not ignored in the text.

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Getting Started

In your flutter project add the dependency:

dependencies:
  ...
  styled_text: ^[version]

Import package:

import 'package:styled_text/styled_text.dart';

Escaping & special characters

Tag attributes must be enclosed in double quotes, for example: <link href="https://flutter.dev">.

You need to escape specific XML characters in text:

Original character  Escaped character
------------------  -----------------
"                   &quot;
'                   &apos;
&                   &amp;
<                   &lt;
>                   &gt;
<space>             &space;

Line breaks

By default, line breaks are not ignored, all line breaks \n are automatically translated into the <br/> tag. To disable this behavior, you can set the newLineAsBreaks parameter to false and insert the <br/> tag where you want to break to a new line.

Usage examples

An example of making parts of text bold:

StyledText(
  text: 'Test: <bold>bold</bold> text.',
  tags: {
    'bold': StyledTextTag(style: TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold)),
  },
)


Example of highlighting a part of the text by different styles:

StyledText(
  text: 'Test: <bold>bold</bold> and <red>red color</red> text.',
  tags: {
    'bold': StyledTextTag(style: TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold)),
    'red': StyledTextTag(style: TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold, color: Colors.red)),
  },
)


Example of inserting icons into the text:

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with alarm <alarm/> icon.',
  tags: {
    'alarm': StyledTextTagIcon(Icons.alarm),
  },
)


Example of using a tag handler:

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with <link href="https://flutter.dev">link</link> inside.',
  tags: {
    'link': StyledTextTagAction(
      (TextSpan text, Map<String, String> attrs) => {
        final String link = attrs['href'];
        print('The "$link" link is tapped.');
      },
      style: TextStyle(decoration: TextDecoration.underline),
    ),
  },
)


Example of using a custom tag attributes handler, highlights text with the color specified in the "text" attribute of the tag:

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with custom <color text="#ff5500">color</color> text.',
  tags: {
    'color': StyledTextCustomTag(
        baseStyle: TextStyle(fontStyle: FontStyle.italic),
        parse: (baseStyle, attributes) {
          if (attributes.containsKey('text') &&
              (attributes['text'].substring(0, 1) == '#') &&
              attributes['text'].length >= 6) {
            final String hexColor = attributes['text'].substring(1);
            final String alphaChannel = (hexColor.length == 8) ? hexColor.substring(6, 8) : 'FF';
            final Color color = Color(int.parse('0x$alphaChannel' + hexColor.substring(0, 6)));
            return baseStyle.copyWith(color: color);
          } else {
            return baseStyle;
          }
        }),
  },
)

An example of inserting an input field widget in place of a tag:

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with <input/> inside.',
  tags: {
    'input': StyledTextWidgetTag(
      TextField(
        decoration: InputDecoration(
          hintText: 'Input',
        ),
      ),
      size: Size.fromWidth(200),
      constraints: BoxConstraints.tight(Size(100, 50)),
    ),
  },
)

An example of using a widget with the ability to select rich text:

StyledText.selectable(
  text: 'Test: <bold>bold</bold> text.',
  tags: {
    'bold': StyledTextTag(style: TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold)),
  },
)

Migration from version 2.0

Starting from version 3.0, the way of specifying styles and behavior for tags has changed. Now for this you need to use the tags parameter instead of styles and another set of classes to define styles and behavior.

Below are examples of converting old code to new.

Specifying the text style

OLD

StyledText(
  text: 'Example: <b>bold</b> text.',
  styles: {
    'b': TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),
  },
)

NEW

StyledText(
  text: 'Example: <b>bold</b> text.',
  tags: {
    'b': StyledTextTag(style: TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold)),
  },
)

Specifying the icon

OLD

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with alarm <alarm/> icon.',
  styles: {
    'alarm': IconStyle(Icons.alarm),
  },
)

NEW

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with alarm <alarm/> icon.',
  tags: {
    'alarm': StyledTextIconTag(Icons.alarm),
  },
)

Specifying a tap handler

OLD

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with <link href="https://flutter.dev">link</link> inside.',
  styles: {
    'link': ActionTextStyle(
      decoration: TextDecoration.underline,
      onTap: (_, attrs) => _openLink(context, attrs),
    ),
  },
)

NEW

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with <link href="https://flutter.dev">link</link> inside.',
  tags: {
    'link': StyledTextActionTag(
      (_, attrs) => _openLink(context, attrs),
      style: TextStyle(decoration: TextDecoration.underline),
    ),
  },
)

Specifying a custom parser for attributes and creating a style

OLD

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with custom <color text="#ff5500">color</color> text.',
  styles: {
    'color': CustomTextStyle(
        baseStyle: TextStyle(fontStyle: FontStyle.italic),
        parse: (baseStyle, attributes) {
          // Parser code here...
        }),
  },
)

NEW

StyledText(
  text: 'Text with custom <color text="#ff5500">color</color> text.',
  tags: {
    'color': StyledTextCustomTag(
        baseStyle: TextStyle(fontStyle: FontStyle.italic),
        parse: (baseStyle, attributes) {
          // Parser code here...
        }),
  },
)

Libraries

action_text_style
custom_style
custom_text_style
icon_style
styled_text
styled_text_tag
styled_text_tag_action
styled_text_tag_base
styled_text_tag_custom
styled_text_tag_icon
styled_text_tag_widget
styled_text_tag_widget_builder