I am working on a non-trivial epub format book reader project in 3.1+,
implementing it within a WebView.
I am stymied at the text selection/highlight phase (luckily ? I have
many more operations to polish up and implement).
I can , of course highlight text and use the Clipboard manager in it's
intended role (copy/paste, et al).
The problem is twofold when I attempt to enable persistent text
highlighting within the WebView itself:
1) the ClipboardManager does not (currently) seem well-suited for this
-- I have implemented the OnPrimaryClipChangedListener to capture the
clipboard text and process it within my WebView, but, being that I
cannot override the System Clipboard ActionBar menu, I receive the
text as would any app, only upon clicking "Copy" etc... and the menu,
though nice, is not "ours". I have seen the results of polling the
ClipboardManager.hasPrimaryClip() for it's text as well so I believe
that path is doom-laden :)
2) I have attempted to use the ActionMode pattern, but overriding
onDragEvent() within my WebView is non-responsive (as in it never
fires) and gives me the dreaded "Miss a drag as we are waiting for
WebCore's response for touch down." -- as I am trying to control page
events) for the obvious reason that it is a book reader, not a
As an aside, I notice that Google's flagship "Books" app, though
pretty, also does not allow highlighting/text selection... with the
splitting of images between pages, we were thinking it might be a
WebView implementation as well -- just a slight beg for source
code... only slight, really :)
If it is not clear from the above, I am wondering how to get control
of the ClipboardManager, or barring that (which I assume I cannot do
as it is a System service), maybe someone can point me in the
direction of a workaround for webcore so cruelly denying Java the
ability to control the world. I am open to taking complete control of
motion events if need be, but that is so demanding for such a
seemingly simple task as this... I mean, really, Amazon does what we
want to do in Kindle for Droid... :)
Thanks for your time!
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google
Groups "Android Developers" group.
To post to this group, send email to andr...@googlegroups.com
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to
For more options, visit this group at