GWT - HTML Widget

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Introduction

The HTML widget can cantain arbitrary HTML it can be interpreted as HTML. This widget uses a <div> element, causing it to be displayed with block layout.

Class declaration

Following is the declaration for com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.Label class:

public class HTML
   extends Label
      implements HasHTML

CSS style rules

Following default CSS Style rule will be applied to all the HTML widget. You can override it as per your requirements.

.gwt-HTML { }

Class constructors

S.N.Constructor & Description
1HTML()
Creates an empty HTML.
2protected HTML(Element element)
This constructor may be used by subclasses to explicitly use an existing element.
3HTML(java.lang.String html)
Creates a HTML with the specified html contents.
4HTML(java.lang.String html, boolean wordWrap)
Creates an HTML widget with the specified contents, optionally treating it as HTML, and optionally disabling word wrapping.

Class methods

1java.lang.String getHTML()
Gets this object's contents as HTML.
2void setHTML(java.lang.String html)
Sets this object's contents via HTML.
3static HTML wrap(Element element)
Creates an HTML widget that wraps an existing <div> or <span> element.

Methods inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes:

  • com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.Label

  • com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.UIObject

  • com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.Widget

  • com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.HasText

  • java.lang.Object

Html Widget Example

This example will take you through simple steps to show usage of a HTML Widget in GWT. Follow the following steps to update the GWT application we created in GWT - Create Application chapter:

StepDescription
1Create a project with a name HelloWorld under a package com.tutorialspoint as explained in the GWT - Create Application chapter.
2Modify HelloWorld.gwt.xml, HelloWorld.css, HelloWorld.html and HelloWorld.java as explained below. Keep rest of the files unchanged.
3Compile and run the application to verify the result of the implemented logic.

Following is the content of the modified module descriptor src/com.tutorialspoint/HelloWorld.gwt.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<module rename-to='helloworld'>
  <!-- Inherit the core Web Toolkit stuff.                        -->
  <inherits name='com.google.gwt.user.User'/>

  <!-- Inherit the default GWT style sheet.                       -->
  <inherits name='com.google.gwt.user.theme.clean.Clean'/>

  <!-- Specify the app entry point class.                         -->
  <entry-point class='com.tutorialspoint.client.HelloWorld'/>

  <!-- Specify the paths for translatable code                    -->
  <source path='client'/>
  <source path='shared'/>

</module>

Following is the content of the modified Style Sheet file war/HelloWorld.css.

body{
   text-align: center;
   font-family: verdana, sans-serif;
}
h1{
   font-size: 2em;
   font-weight: bold;
   color: #777777;
   margin: 40px 0px 70px;
   text-align: center;
}
.gwt-Green-Border{ 
   border:1px solid green;
}
.gwt-Blue-Border{ 
   border:1px solid blue;
}

Following is the content of the modified HTML host file war/HelloWorld.html.

<html>
<head>
<title>Hello World</title>
   <link rel="stylesheet" href="HelloWorld.css"/>
   <script language="javascript" src="helloworld/helloworld.nocache.js">
   </script>
</head>
<body>

<h1>HTML Widget Demonstration</h1>
<div id="gwtContainer"></div>

</body>
</html>

Let us have following content of Java file src/com.tutorialspoint/HelloWorld.java which will demonstrate use of HTML widget.

package com.tutorialspoint.client;

import com.google.gwt.core.client.EntryPoint;
import com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.HTML;
import com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.RootPanel;
import com.google.gwt.user.client.ui.VerticalPanel;

public class HelloWorld implements EntryPoint {
   public void onModuleLoad() {
      // create two HTML widgets
      HTML html1 = 
      new HTML("This is first GWT HTML widget using <b> tag of html.");
      HTML html2 = 
      new HTML("This is second GWT HTML widget using <i> tag of html.");

      // use UIObject methods to set HTML widget properties.
      html1.addStyleName("gwt-Green-Border");
      html2.addStyleName("gwt-Blue-Border");

      // add widgets to the root panel.
      VerticalPanel panel = new VerticalPanel();
      panel.setSpacing(10);
      panel.add(html1);
      panel.add(html2);
      
      RootPanel.get("gwtContainer").add(panel);
   }
}

Once you are ready with all the changes done, let us compile and run the application in development mode as we did in GWT - Create Application chapter. If everything is fine with your application, this will produce following result:

GWT HTML Widget

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