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This is inefficient, and also far harder than it needs to be. Having a dedicated webView property is helpful so that you can reference its properties and methods more easily later on. If you intend to load URLs frequently, you might find it easier to wrap that behavior inside an extension:. For example, if you wanted to load a file called "help. That url. For example, this displays a heading message:. If you are referencing assets in your bundle such as images or CSS, you should specify Bundle.
For example:. Second, make that object the navigation delegate of your web view. Finally, implement the decidePolicyFor method, adding any logic you want to decide whether the page should be loaded. As an example, this implementation allows the user to visit the Apple homepage and nothing else:. If you were using your view controller you would write this:. Finally, implement the decidePolicyFor method with whatever logic should decide whether the page is loaded internally or externally.
For internal loads make sure you call the decisionHandler closure with. This can be done by observing the estimatedProgress property, like this:. You should now implement the observeValue forKeyPath: method, which will pass you a string saying what changed. You can use webView. Now implement the observeValue forKeyPath: method.
This is all available inside the backForwardList property of web views, which itself contains the array backList and forwardList. Inside each of those arrays you can read the URL for each page that was visited, along with the title that was used.
This is buried under the configuration. User agents let your web servers identify the type of web browser that is accessing a page, and are commonly used to enable or limit which features are available. Note: There's nothing stopping you from changing the user agent when accessing other resources, but keep in mind that some sites might read the user agent string and get confused if it doesn't match what they expect. Fortunately, you can change that using the WKUIDelegate protocol: set an object to be the UI delegate of your web view and you can show custom alerts, manage your own tabs, and more.
Web views have built-in data detector support, which means they can make things like phone numbers, calendar events, and flight numbers into tappable links. Paul Hudson is the creator of Hacking with Swift, the most comprehensive series of Swift books in the world. He's also the editor of Swift Developer News , the maintainer of the Swift Knowledge Base , and a speaker at Swift events around the world.
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