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Table Cell Wrapping

Posted on 2000-04-18
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I have a table with width = 485

and a table cell also with witdth = 485

When i add a string which consits of text with spaces to the cell the cell is auto nmtically wrapped. But if i add a lengthy sting without spaces, my table cells does'nt wrap instead it expands to the length of the string irrespective of the table cell width.

How do i make the string wrap.

Thanks in advance.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2727208
You can't do that.


Expert Comment

ID: 2727531
Try using percentages in your table and cell widths.

Expert Comment

ID: 2729118
it is very headache!
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Expert Comment

ID: 2729509
Unfortunately I must agree with xabi.  In html, as far as I know, there is no way to do what you want, and I have looked for this exact result/behavior.
  The only way I know to do this, is to parse the string, and insert a break(newline, or some character that will allow the string to wrap) into the string after a specified number of characters, using some programming language, like C++(not your only choice).
  If you somehow find a solution using only HTML, please post it here as I would dearly like to know what it is.

Expert Comment

ID: 2729524
One way to limit the effect is to break your table cells into individual tables, not contained in a single overall table.  This way, only the cell containing the long string is elongated and the rest of the tables-cells are unaffected.   Not a perfect solution, and not feasible in all cases, but it helps minimize the effect.

Expert Comment

ID: 2730020
xabi's answer is correct here.  HTML (and CSS) have only properties for setting the content to not wrap.  it's fairly logical.  if you have a laaaaaarge string, how should the browser know where to wrap it?

Accepted Solution

epoulsen earned 100 total points
ID: 2737679
You can use Javascript to chop up the text for you.  If possible, wrap your text inside a function that will take the string, insert line feeds (according to a stopLength that you determine), and return a new, wrapped string.

Here's an example:

function parseString(theString) {
  var stopLength = 10; // the length at which you want your string to wrap
  var theReturnString = "";

  for ( i = 0 ; i < theString.length ; i++) {
      theReturnString += theString.charAt(i);
//      alert("theReturnString is " + theReturnString);
      if (i > 0 && (i + 1) % stopLength == 0) {
            theReturnString += "\n";

<table width=10>
<td><script>parseString("xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx", 10)</script>

If the table width is dynamic, you can pass in a second argument with whatever stopLength you wish.

Good Luck,


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