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I am trying to draw a rectangle around multi-line text in iText. I use this code to draw the text:
ColumnText ct = new ColumnText(cb); Phrase phrase = new Phrase("Some String\nOther string etc...\n test"); ct.setSimpleColumn(myText......); ct.addElement(phrase); ct.go();
I know how to draw a rectangle, but I am not able to draw a rectangle outlining this text.
It sounds as if you are missing only a single piece of the puzzle to meet your requirement. That piece is called
Please take a look at the DrawRectangleAroundText example. This example draws the same paragraph twice. The first time, it adds a rectangle that probably looks like the solution you already have. The second time, it adds a rectangle the way you want it to look:
The first time, we add the text like this:
ColumnText ct = new ColumnText(cb); ct.setSimpleColumn(120f, 500f, 250f, 780f); Paragraph p = new Paragraph("This is a long paragraph that doesn't" + "fit the width we defined for the simple column of the" + "ColumnText object, so it will be distributed over several" + "lines (and we don't know in advance how many)."); ct.addElement(p); ct.go();
You define your column using the coordinates:
llx = 120; lly = 500; urx = 250; ury = 780;
This is a rectangle with lower left corner (120, 500), a width of 130 and a height of 380. Hence you draw a rectangle like this:
cb.rectangle(120, 500, 130, 280); cb.stroke();
Unfortunately, that rectangle is too big.
Now let's add the text once more at slightly different coordinates:
ct = new ColumnText(cb); ct.setSimpleColumn(300f, 500f, 430f, 780f); ct.addElement(p); ct.go();
Instead of using (300, 500) as lower left corner for the rectangle, we ask the
ct object for its current Y position using the
float endPos = ct.getYLine() - 5;
As you can see, I subtract 5 user units, otherwise the bottom line of my rectangle will coincide with the baseline of the final line of text and that doesn't look very nice. Now I can use the
endPos value to draw my rectangle like this:
cb.rectangle(300, endPos, 130, 780 - endPos); cb.stroke();