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HTML Tags Supported By TextView

There is a lovely method on the android.text.Html class, fromHtml(), that converts HTML into a Spannable for use with a TextView.

However, the documentation does not stipulate what HTML tags are supported, which makes this method a bit hit-or-miss. More importantly, it means that you cannot rely on what it will support from release to release.

I have filed an issue requesting that Google formally document what it intends to support. In the interim, from a quick look at the source code, here’s what seems to be supported as of Android 2.1:

  • <a href="...">
  • <b>
  • <big>
  • <blockquote>
  • <br>
  • <cite>
  • <dfn>
  • <div align="...">
  • <em>
  • <font size="..." color="..." face="...">
  • <h1>
  • <h2>
  • <h3>
  • <h4>
  • <h5>
  • <h6>
  • <i>
  • <img src="...">
  • <p>
  • <small>
  • <strike>
  • <strong>
  • <sub>
  • <sup>
  • <tt>
  • <u>

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