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tommyly
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Need Help With Fine-Tuning Rich Text Formatting

When designing a rich-text interface for an app, one problem I had was that I did not know all the tagging nuances of the rich-text box. So I did what I thought was the second best thing.

 

  1. I took a Word Document and inputted the (rich) text with formatting that I would like to input. I used curly-brackets to indicate the blanks that variable data would eventually be plugged intoimage.png
  2. Next I created a Rich-Text Editor in Powerapps and label. The Label.Text property is set to RichText.HtmlText. The net result looked something like this:image.png
  3. The rich-text editor essentially took the raw rich-text from my Microsoft Word application and recreated it in the rich-text editor. I have to note that the spacing in the rich-text editor is less-than-satisfactory. I mean, just compare screenshot-1 with screenshot-2.
    • Anyway, it produced some text that I could use. I also note that PowerApps (or any programming language for that matter) doesn't play well with quotes because quotes are typically used to indicate the beginning and close of a string/text value. So in order to fix this, I use Notepad and replace all occurrences of quote (") with two quotes ("").
  4. Now I place this modified text into the final rich-text label and enclose it in quotes. The net result is something like this:
  5. image.png
  6. Eventually, I would surround the text with Substitute functions: 
    e.g.
    Substitute(
    Substitute(
    Substitute(
    Substitute(
      ...tag syntax..., 
        "{Date}",   ThisItem.publishDate),
        "{Header}", ThisItem.articleHeader),
        "{Body}",   ThisItem.articleBody),
        "{Source}", ThisItem.articleSource)

 So in some ways, it sort of worked, but I'm not satisfied with the spacing. Consider the differences side-by-side:

image.png

 

My question is: has anyone strugged with formatting rich-text and what method have you used to ensure a satisfactory formatting? Or is there a resource out there for me to learn html text formatting so that I can micromanage all these settings? Any tip you might have is appreciated. Thanks.

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