webview problems when rendering HTML and using loadData

by Clay » Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:51:57 GMT

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 I know that many of you know this already but I am making a post
because I spent 5 hours trying to figure out why loadData was not
working. This does not pop up easily in searches of the mailing list.

TAGS: webview background white android loadData

WebView momentContent =
                        (WebView) view.findViewById
WebSettings wsettings =

//works great
//momentContent.loadUrl(" http://www.momentarynow.com/app/public/ 

//doesnt work exact same content WHY?


<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<style type="text/css">
.bg {
        font-size: x-small;
        background-color: #CC6600;
<body class="bg">

unless you use the most simple html possible, like no style sheets,
backgrounds, etc, loadData seems to blow up. The only workaround I
have found is to use loadDataWithBaseURL instead

                final String mimeType = "text/html";
                final String encoding = "UTF-8";
                //render the html
                WebView momentContent =
                WebSettings wsettings =
                momentContent.loadDataWithBaseURL(" http://fake.com ",
                                " http://fake.com ");

oh now it magically works. but my forehead is a bit bruised from
hammering it against the brick wall.

I merely post to help others avoid my fate.



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