31 March 2011

My EditText is cut off by the on-screen keyboard!

With clients demanding left and right that my app should look like an iPhone app, I tend to be unappreciative of the way Android natively handles UI interactions and such. Notice how the screen automagically scrolls up when you click on an EditText? It turns out that in iPhone development, the developer does this manually (indicate how much the view should scroll when the on-screen keyboard appears, then scroll it back down afterwards). HA!

But even magic fails sometimes. Has this ever happened to you?

The bottommost EditText is cut off. And we don't want that!

So what do we do? Do we programmatically scroll the view up? I don't want to do that! It turns out that we can just wrap the whole view in a ScrollView and it will scroll up properly!

The only downside to this is that you might want to hide the scrollbar when the view moves up to accommodate the on-screen keyboard. And to do that, I was trying to set the android:scrollbars="none" attribute but for one reason or another the scrollbar is still being drawn. To make the scrollbar disappear, we can do it from code as such:
And we're done!