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Extension for UITapGesture that contains a function to detect range of particular text in UILabel's text.
extension UITapGestureRecognizer {
func didTapAttributedTextInLabel(label: UILabel, inRange targetRange: NSRange) -> Bool {
// Create instances of NSLayoutManager, NSTextContainer and NSTextStorage
let layoutManager = NSLayoutManager()
let textContainer = NSTextContainer(size:
let textStorage = NSTextStorage(attributedString: label.attributedText!)
// Configure layoutManager and textStorage
// Configure textContainer
textContainer.lineFragmentPadding = 0.0
textContainer.lineBreakMode = label.lineBreakMode
textContainer.maximumNumberOfLines = label.numberOfLines
let labelSize = label.bounds.size
textContainer.size = labelSize
// Find the tapped character location and compare it to the specified range
let locationOfTouchInLabel = self.location(in: label)
let textBoundingBox = layoutManager.usedRect(for: textContainer)
let textContainerOffset = CGPoint(x: (labelSize.width - textBoundingBox.size.width) * 0.5 - textBoundingBox.origin.x,
y: (labelSize.height - textBoundingBox.size.height) * 0.5 - textBoundingBox.origin.y);
let locationOfTouchInTextContainer = CGPoint(x: locationOfTouchInLabel.x - textContainerOffset.x,
y: locationOfTouchInLabel.y - textContainerOffset.y);
let indexOfCharacter = layoutManager.characterIndex(for: locationOfTouchInTextContainer, in: textContainer, fractionOfDistanceBetweenInsertionPoints: nil)
return NSLocationInRange(indexOfCharacter, targetRange)
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