Unicode character on Android not displaying-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I’m developing a website using responsive design. I am trying to display the unicode character &#9776 (the ☰ symbol), and it’s not showing up on Android. Is there any way to get this character to display properly, or do I need to make an image out of it?


How to solve:

The character denoted by does not appear in Android fonts, and its font coverage is relatively limited in other environments, too.

The basic options are using a downloadable font (web font) via @font-face and to use an image, suitably scaled to text size.

If this is the only “special” character you need, the image approach might be suitable: it is easy, and the shape of the character is so simple that it can be expected to scale well.

Using a downloadable font may produce better results especially if the character is used inline inside text. But you would probably need a font like Quivira or Symbola, which are large (> 1 Mbyte) free fonts, and this would seem to imply a disproportionate overhead if it’s just for one character.

For more info see my Guide to using special characters in HTML.


Why no one is suggesting the CSS3 method is beyond me. This is supported across almost all devices.

Here’s a fiddle to see it in action, http://jsfiddle.net/328k7/.

Use CSS3 to create the trigram, like so:

div {
    content: "";
    position: absolute;
    left: 0;
    display: block;
    width: 16px;
    top: 0;
    height: 0;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 1px 10px 1px 1px #69737d,1px 16px 1px 1px #69737d,1px 22px 1px 1px #69737d;
    box-shadow: 0 10px 0 1px #69737d,0 16px 0 1px #69737d,0 22px 0 1px #69737d;


Its not defined for the current font. You can change the font to something where it is if you only care about your own device, but the only way to make sure its displayed on all devices is to use an image.


Have a look at the supported characters on Android: Android character sets. It doesn’t seem to be supported.
You can probably replace it by an <img src="http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/2630/trigram_for_heaven.png"> tag.


I use this code for hamburger-menu-icon:

public class MenuButton extends Button
    public MenuButton(android.content.Context context){

    public MenuButton(android.content.Context context, android.util.AttributeSet attrs) {
    public MenuButton(android.content.Context context, android.util.AttributeSet attrs, int defStyleAttr) {
    public MenuButton(android.content.Context context, android.util.AttributeSet attrs, int defStyleAttr, int defStyleRes) {
    Paint paint = new Paint();
    protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas){
        MarginLayoutParams lp=(MarginLayoutParams)getLayoutParams();

        float p=lp.rightMargin;
        float w=getWidth()-lp.leftMargin-lp.rightMargin;
        float h=getHeight()-lp.topMargin-lp.bottomMargin;

        float ww=(h)/5.0f;
        canvas.drawRect(0+p, ww*0+p, p+w, ww*1+p, paint);
        canvas.drawRect(0+p, ww*2+p, p+w, ww*3+p, paint);
        canvas.drawRect(0+p, ww*4+p, p+w, ww*5+p, paint);

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