James Campbell James Campbell - 2 months ago 13
iOS Question

How to add spacing to lines in NSAttributedString

I am making an app that formats screenplays, I am using a NSAttributedString to format the text entered into a UITextView, but some of the lines are too close together.

I was wondering if anyone could provide a code example or a tip on how to alter the margin between these lines so there is more space between them.

Below is an image of another desktop screenwriting program that demonstrates what I mean, notice how there is a bit of space before each bit where it says "DOROTHY".

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The following sample code uses paragraph style to adjust spacing between paragraphs of a text.

UIFont *font = [UIFont fontWithName:fontName size:fontSize];
NSMutableParagraphStyle *paragraphStyle = [[NSMutableParagraphStyle alloc] init];
paragraphStyle.paragraphSpacing = 0.25 * font.lineHeight;
NSDictionary *attributes = @{NSFontAttributeName:font,
                             NSForegroundColorAttributeName:[UIColor whiteColor],
                             NSBackgroundColorAttributeName:[UIColor clearColor],
NSMutableAttributedString *attributedText = [[NSMutableAttributedString alloc] initWithString:text attributes:attributes];

To selectively adjust spacing for certain paragraphs, apply the paragraph style to only those paragraphs.

Hope this helps.