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I have a dropdown list which is very long is it possable to have a bottom scroll bar which moves left right in the Dropdown List box?
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by:jitganguly
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Left to right scroll bars are automatic. It gets adjusted based on the length of the values in it. The way I use it is check the lenght and if it exceeds certian limit then reduce that and add a ..

if len(c_name) > 15 then
c_name=Left(c_name,15) & ".."
%>
<option value="<%= ADORecSet("n_id") %>" <%= selected %>><%= c_name %></option>
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by:mgfranz
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But to answer your question, you cannot set the left/right scroll bars in a select list box inless you write a specific COM or ActiveX object that does this.
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by:akeyes
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mgfranz,
  Members of my team were thinking of usit the mouse over and have it display as a text box which would show the information as text, some of it is over 400 char in length.
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by:jitganguly
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Mark,
Do you know off using CSS here ?
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by:akeyes
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jitganquly;
   No I have not explored that but will look in to it now.
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by:jitganguly
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Let me knwo if you find out something. I also need to implement that :-). Otherwise, use my first suggestion
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by:webwoman
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You're going to want to break that up... 400 char is really too long to be workable.

Browsers tend to make the drop down as wide as the longest items, so this could be a real problem.

And there's a difference between a mouseover and a dropdown...if you want text to show up on mouseover, you could put that in a separate div and show/hide it. That could be as long as you needed it to be. There, 400 char wouldn't be as much of a problem. I'm assuming this is words, not a string of text? Kinda tough to read a 400 char string of text...

What exactly is this for? What are you trying to do? Sometimes what you ask for isn't what you want... ;-)
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yas022100 earned 100 total points
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Does it have to work on both IE and Netscape?
I have done some tooltip stuff for Mouseover with IE, but I don't think it will work with netscape

Or, as you said, write to TextArea as description when user selects certain one.  Just keep all info on client side and use script to pull certain data, does that make sense?
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by:akeyes
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Webwoman;
   I am listing URL in a database which are 400 in length
   and they need to see the entire URL.  Since the unique
   part is at the end in many of them.

yas;
   Only need to work in IE.
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by:mgfranz
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You can use the <layer> or <div> tag to create a 'popup' with a mouse over, I have seen a few examples at various sites, cnnnfn,com, http://cnnfn.cnn.com/2001/06/12/companies/nokia/ mouseover the bullets under the "Nokia Warns" heading, certain sections of MSDN have examples of this too.

Check with the favorite Javascript pages too, there may be some good examples of the use of <layer> there too.

Yes jit, this is a good use of DHTML, I have some code laying around that uses this technology, I'll have to see if I can find it...
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by:yas022100
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akeyes, put your e-mail here, I can send you attached e-mail on tooltip for IE
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by:akeyes
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yas;
   akeyes@acbcoop.com

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by:yas022100
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File is on it's way!
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by:akeyes
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The team came up with a soultions, a little of there Ideas came from your input.  Thank you.
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by:yas022100
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Here is one I got for IE tooltip. Just so that other poeple can get idea of tooltip also.

<!--TOOLBAR_START--><!--TOOLBAR_EXEMPT--><!--TOOLBAR_END-->
<html xmlns:tool>
<head>

<title>Behavior Library: Tooltip</title>

<style>

    @media all
    {
        tool\:tip   {
                    behavior: url(tooltip_vbs.htc)
                    }
    }
   
    H1              {
                    font: bold 18pt verdana;
                    color: navy
                    }
                   
    P               {
                    font: 10pt verdana;
                    }
                   
    .tip            {
                    color: green;
                    font-weight: bold;
                    cursor: hand
                    }
    A:link { color:#003399; text-decoration:none; }
     A:visited { color:#6699CC; text-decoration:none; }
     A:hover { text-decoration:underline; }
</style>

</head>
<body bgcolor=white>
<h1>Tooltips</h1>
<P>
<FONT FACE="verdana,arial,helvetica" SIZE=1>
<A href="#" onclick=self.close()><IMG ALIGN="middle" SRC="demo.gif" WIDTH="16" HEIGHT="16" BORDER="0"></A>
&nbsp;<A href="#" onclick=self.close()>Close This Sample</A>
</FONT><hr>

<p>Use <span ID="oTipEl" class="tip">tooltips</span>
on your HTML pages to give users extra information.</p>


<p>&nbsp;
<p>&nbsp;
<p>&nbsp;

<!---------------------------------------------------------------------------->
<!-- TOOLTIP (Use conditional comments to hide from non-behavior browsers) --->
<!---------------------------------------------------------------------------->

<!--[if IE 5]><tool:tip element="oTipEl" avoidmouse="false">Put any <span style="color:red; font-weight:bold">HTML</span> inside this tooltip, including<br><b>bold</b>, <i>italic</i>, and <u>underline</u></tool:tip><![endif]-->
<p>
<hr>
<FONT FACE="MS SANS SERIF" SIZE="1" COLOR="BLACK">
&copy; <A HREF="test.htm" TARGET="_top"></A>.
</FONT>
<p>


</body>
</html>
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