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Using CEikEdwin Text Editor

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Created: feenix (15 Apr 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (03 Nov 2011)


Using CEikEdwin Text Editor

What Is CEikEdwin?

If you want to display text on the screen and let the user scroll around it or even edit it, you want to use CEikEdwin. This is a simple text editor control that doesn't have any fancy coloring or font changing. If you need those features, use CRichText based controls.


To create a CEikEdwin control you need to instantiate it from a resource. Here we create an editor that has a maximum length of 511, allows any input mode and defaults to text input. Note! If you don't set the special_character_table correctly, the devices won't show anything when pressing the special character key. You can also set the table to show a nemail or web related character set, when needed.

You may also want to set some flags. These can be set with the flags resource item. For example, if you want to create a read-only text editor control, you may want to set the flags to EEikEdwinNoHorizScrolling | EEikEdwinReadOnly | EEikEdwinNoAutoSelection

maxlength = 511;
default_case = EAknEditorTextCase;
allowed_case_modes = EAknEditorAllCaseModes;
numeric_keymap = EAknEditorStandardNumberModeKeymap;
default_input_mode = EAknEditorTextInputMode;
allowed_input_modes = EAknEditorAllInputModes;
CEikEdwin* iInputbox;
// Instantiate the control
iInputbox = new (ELeave)CEikEdwin;
// Create a resource reader that we'll use to get the settings
TResourceReader reader;
iEikonEnv->CreateResourceReaderLC(reader, R_INPUTBOX);
CleanupStack::PopAndDestroy(); // reader

Setting Text on the Editor

Usually you'll want to set the text displayed on the control. This can be done by using the SetTextL() method. If you want to set the cursor position, you can call the SetCursorPosL() method.

// Set the cursor to the beginning of the text and not do any selecting
iInputbox->SetCursorPosL(0, EFalse);

Retrieving Text from the Editor

If you want to retrieve the text that's written in the editor, you can get it as HBufC* or copy the text to a descriptor. Usually it's easier to get it as HBufC since you don't have to worry about how much space you need.

HBufC *text = NULL;
text = iInputbox->GetTextInHBufL();
//Must check text, GetTextInHBufL() will return NULL if no text is set/entered in editor.
if ((text != NULL) && (text->Length() > 0))
// There is some text, do what you want with it
// Don't forget to delete the object afterwards!
delete text;

Deleting Parts of the Text

If you want to delete parts of the text that's written in the editor, you can use the instance of CPlainText object that can be retrieved from the control.

If you don't do the deletion right, you'll get some of the ETEXT Panics that aren't documented. So be careful to do it exactly as shown here. The most important thing is the HandleTextChangedL() call.

CPlainText *text;
// Get the instance of CPlainText from the control
text = iInputbox->Text();
// Delete the first 10 characters in the editor
TInt start = 0;
TInt length = 10;
// NOTE! If there are less than 10 characters in the editor,
// the deletion will panic. This is why we check the length
if (text->DocumentLength() < start + length)
length = text->DocumentLength() - start;
// Cannot delete since length is below zero or start is beoynd the end of text
if ((length <= 0) || (start >= text->DocumentLength()))
// Delete the characters
text->DeleteL(start, length);
// After that, you MUST immediately inform the CEikEdwin that the text
// has changed, otherwise you'll get an ETEXT panic!
// Clear possible selection in th
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