GWT - RichTextArea Widget



The RichTextArea widget represents a rich text editor that allows complex styling and formatting. Because some browsers do not support rich text editing, and others support only a limited subset of functionality, there are two formatter interfaces, accessed via getBasicFormatter() and getExtendedFormatter() . A browser that does not support rich text editing at all will return null for both of these,and one that supports only the basic functionality will return null for the latter getExtendedFormatter().

Class declaration

Following is the declaration for class:

public class RichTextArea
   extends FocusWidget
      implements HasHTML, HasInitializeHandlers, HasSafeHtml

CSS style rules

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

.gwt-RichTextArea {}

Class constructors

S.N.Constructor & Description
Creates a new, blank RichTextArea object with no stylesheet.

Class methods

S.N.Function name & Description
1HandlerRegistration addInitializeHandler(InitializeHandler handler)
Adds an InitializeEvent handler.
2RichTextArea.BasicFormatter getBasicFormatter()
Deprecated. use getFormatter() instead
3RichTextArea.ExtendedFormatter getExtendedFormatter()
Deprecated. use getFormatter() instead
4RichTextArea.Formatter getFormatter()
Gets the rich text formatting interface.
5java.lang.String getHTML()
Gets this object's contents as HTML.
6java.lang.String getText()
Gets this object's text.
7boolean isEnabled()
Gets whether this widget is enabled.
8protected void onAttach()
This method is called when a widget is attached to the browser's document.
9protected void onDetach()
This method is called when a widget is detached from the browser's document.
10void setEnabled(boolean enabled)
Sets whether this widget is enabled.
11void setFocus(boolean focused)
Explicitly focus/unfocus this widget.
12void setHTML(java.lang.String safeHtml)
Sets this object's contents via safe HTML.
13void setHTML(java.lang.String html)
Sets this object's contents via HTML.
14void setText(java.lang.String text)
Sets this object's text.

Methods inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes:




  • java.lang.Object

RichTextBox Widget Example

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

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 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=''/>

  <!-- Inherit the default GWT style sheet.                       -->
  <inherits name=''/>

  <!-- 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'/>


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

   text-align: center;
   font-family: verdana, sans-serif;
   font-size: 2em;
   font-weight: bold;
   color: #777777;
   margin: 40px 0px 70px;
   text-align: center;
.gwt-RichTextArea {

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

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

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


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

package com.tutorialspoint.client;


public class HelloWorld implements EntryPoint {
   public void onModuleLoad() {
      //create RichTextArea elements
      RichTextArea richTextArea = new RichTextArea(); 
      //add text to text area
      richTextArea.setHTML("<b>Hello World!</b> <br/> <br/>" + 
	  "<i>Be Happy!</i> </br> <br/> <u>Stay Cool!</u>");

      // Add text boxes to the root panel.
      VerticalPanel panel = new VerticalPanel();


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 RichTextArea Widget