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webview links inside tableviewrow not clickable

Trying to write my first iPhone app using Appcelerator from the 2-tab starter project. The 1st tab is a table of items with children detail pages. The detail pages include a description with embedded links to glossary terms. The 2nd tab is the table of glossary terms with detail pages of definitions.

So I tried to embed a webview into a tableviewrow that will link back via fireEvent to switch tabs and navigate to the appropriate glossary term. I am testing using just a simple URL instead of the JS to fireEvent, but clicking on the hyperlink has no effect. Suggestions?

var data = [];
data[0] = Titanium.UI.createTableViewSection({headerTitle:'Definition'});
var defnRow = Titanium.UI.createTableViewRow({

var defnWebView = Titanium.UI.createWebView({
    html:'<html><body>Description with <a href="http://www.google.com">link</a></body></html>',

var table = Titanium.UI.createTableView({
— asked August 13th 2010 by hubert pan
  • iphone
  • mobile
  • tableview
  • webview

1 Answer

  • I wouldn't suggest you to do this. Each webview you are opening will eat a lot of CPU. Why don't you simple use the table click event ?

    And if you want custom rows you may want to take a look at this tutorial:


    — answered August 13th 2010 by Dan Tamas
    1 Comment
    • Yeah, it seemed like a kludgy way to solve my problem. Essentially, I want the row to have a sentence of text, possibly with a few terms (not the entire row) underlined and linked to an eventListener on click to switch to the glossary.

      The only way I could think of using native components is breaking the sentence into separate Labels for clickable/nonclickable and drawing in underlines. But that seems hard to line up reliably and programmatically, especially since each item will have a different sentence. Is there a better way to do this?

      — commented August 13th 2010 by hubert pan
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