senty senty - 8 months ago 83
Swift Question

AttributedText in TextView while typing

I have a textView, and I am trying to give it an attributed text. I tried achieving it inside

, but it crashes for range out of index.

func textView(textView: UITextView, shouldChangeTextInRange range: NSRange, replacementText text: String) -> Bool {

if myTextView {
textView.attributedText = addAttributedText(1, text: text, fontsize: 13)

let newText = (textView.text as NSString).stringByReplacingCharactersInRange(range, withString: text)
let numberOfChars = newText.characters.count

return numberOfChars < 20
return true

func addAttributedText(spacing:CGFloat, text:String, fontsize: CGFloat) -> NSMutableAttributedString {
let attributedString = NSMutableAttributedString(string: text, attributes: [NSFontAttributeName:UIFont(
name: "Font",
size: fontsize)!])
attributedString.addAttribute(NSKernAttributeName, value: spacing, range: NSMakeRange(0, text.characters.count))
return attributedString


I tried adding attributedString with empty text to textView in viewDidLoad, but that doesn't help. That's why I thought it would be appropriate to do it on

(Please note that my
method works perfectly for other textviews)

If I use this, in one character type-in, it writes 2x and crashes. What is the right way of handling that kind of converting textView's text to attributed text that is being typed.


Here is the code that I tried to convert from the link above, it might have bugs, but I hope it will be able to help you.

func formatTextInTextView(textView: UITextView) 
    textView.scrollEnabled = false
    var selectedRange: NSRange = textView.selectedRange
    var text: String = textView.text!
    // This will give me an attributedString with the base text-style
    var attributedString: NSMutableAttributedString = NSMutableAttributedString(string: text)
    var error: NSError? = nil
    var regex: NSRegularExpression = NSRegularExpression.regularExpressionWithPattern("#(\\w+)", options: 0, error: error!)
    var matches: [AnyObject] = regex.matchesInString(text, options: 0, range: NSMakeRange(0, text.length))

    for match: NSTextCheckingResult in matches {
        var matchRange: NSRange = match.rangeAtIndex(0)
        attributedString.addAttribute(NSForegroundColorAttributeName, value: UIColor.redColor(), range: matchRange)
    textView.attributedText = attributedString
    textView.selectedRange = selectedRange
    textView.scrollEnabled = true

EDIT: didn't see that in the original post there was a Swift answer, here is the link: