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android – why my invoke of Canvas.drawText() just doesn't work

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


Hi all:
I’m writing a class that inherit from TextView, and override its onDraw() method, but in the method, my invoke of canvas.drawText() doesn’t seems to work, the code just like below:

protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
    // super.onDraw(canvas);
    Paint paint = new Paint();

    String text = "hello";
    canvas.drawText(text, 0, 0, paint);
How to&Answers:

It isn’t drawing anything because the text coordinates are bottom left. Since you’re trying to draw on 0,0, it will draw above the screen.

Try changing the last line to:

canvas.drawText(text, 0, 20, paint);


Excellent suggestions all around, great job guys really. Next time though it would be nice if you ask the guy in a comment or something whether or not he’s tried the completely obvious before posting it as an answer. Do you really think that the second he got to a point that wasn’t working he just came straight to Stack Overflow without experimenting?

I do have an alternate suggestion, that crazily enough is based on the entire question and not just the part that could be answered without much actual knowledge.

I would recommend trying your drawText call on a Canvas that’s not in a TextView subclass as that way it won’t be overridden by the several hundred lines of code in TextView that manage it’s drawable state.