JTextPane : Java Glossary



A Swing component similar to JTextArea or AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) ’s TextArea. Like JEditorPane, it is can be used to render HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or RTF (Rich Text Format). You would think JEditorPane would be a subclass of JTextPane, but it is the reverse. JTextPane lets you do your markup in a more abstract way than with HTML or RTF markup. You can use setCharacterAttributes and setLogicalStyle to modify the markup on the fly. JTextPane is for rendering and editing HTML. If all you want to do is generate it, you can do that with simple String methods, or perhaps with JSP (Java Server Pages).

One gotcha is you won’t see any hyperlink events unless you do a setEditable( false );

Without any coding, with AWT, the user can select, copy and paste, even in an unsigned Applet. However, Applets must be signed for copy/paste to work in Swing. Copy/paste works in Swing without signing for applications.


If you want to embed HTML formatting, (e.g. <u>…</u> to underline) in

Learning More

Oracle’s Javadoc on JTextPane class : available:

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