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Tested with
Devices(s): Nokia N96
Platform(s): S60 2nd Edition, S60 3rd Edition
Keywords: appuifw, text
Created: cyke64 (29 Mar 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (31 May 2013)



The appuifw Text widget allows to use rich text. However, it's quite difficult to use. You need to set each attribute (font, style, highlight, color) of the widget before adding more text with different style and also change all attributes for different styles.

So following function make it a bit easier. The font tag is used (borrowed from HTML).

Attributes allowed are :

  • Color: #RRGGBB or 0xRRGGBB or color name
  • Face: both font and size eg. albi17b )
  • Style: bold, italic, underline or strikethrough(styles can be combined using comma)
  • Highlight: standard, rounded, shadow)
  • Hcolor: highlight color


Text attribute function

from appuifw import *
import appuifw
def process_color(color):
color_name = {
'red': 0xff0000, 'green': 0x008000, 'blue':0x0000ff,
'black': 0, 'white':0xffffff, 'yellow': 0xffff00
if color.startswith('#'): # HTML format #000000
return int(color[1:], 16)
if color.startswith('0x'): # pys60 format 0x000000
return int(color, 16)
return color_name[color]
def set_ml(t, s):
stack = []
t.font = 'normal'
i = 0
while i < len(s):
if s.startswith('<', i): # tag end or tag begin
j = s.find('>', i) + 1
if s.startswith('</font>', i) or s.startswith('</>', i):
t.color, t.font,, t.highlight_color = stack.pop()
stack.append([t.color, t.font,, t.highlight_color])
to_style = 0
for attr_val in s[i:j-1].split(' '):
if '=' in attr_val:
attr, val = attr_val.split('=')
if attr == 'color':
t.color = process_color(val)
elif attr == 'face':
t.font = unicode(val)
elif attr == 'hcolor':
t.highlight_color = process_color(val)
elif attr == 'style': # style and highlight go together
for st in val.split(','):
to_style |= getattr(appuifw, 'STYLE_' + st.upper())
elif attr == 'highlight':
to_style |= getattr(appuifw, "HIGHLIGHT_" + val.upper())
if to_style: = to_style
else: # normal text
j = s.find('<', i)
if j == -1: j = len(s)
text = u'' + s[i:j].replace('&lt;', '<')
i = j # go next chunk

Example Usage

# import modules
from appuifw import *
import e32, apuuifw
# define quit function
def quit():
a.signal() = quit
t = app.body # use the default Text widget that start pys60
# write text "Hello World"
set_ml(t, '<font color=red>Hello</font> <font style=bold>World</font>.')
a = e32.Ao_lock()
a.wait() # wait for exit


Following screenshot shows the result of above code.

Stylish Hello World text

Related Link

Archived:How to use Text in PySymbian

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