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I am generating html using XSL, the problem is that when i get very long text data that cannot be wrapped then the cell is being widen as the text width and then all table is messed.
is there a way in html to force text to be broken, I want the td cells to be fixed width no metter what data needs to be put inside.
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a.marshCommented:
The simplest way to resolve this is to "break" the data up by adding spaces - otherwise the browser will not wrap it as you have already found out.

Is this a feasible option for you?

:o)

Ant
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TriskelionCommented:
Is it possible for you to use a text edit box to display the data in the table?

That way, the data would truncate, but the users can still scroll to see the rest of the data.

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Width Test</TITLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY>
<table border=5>
     <tr>
          <td width=12 height=10>
          This is a test of_the_emergency_width_system
          </td>
          <td>ASDF</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
          <td>ASDF</td>
          <td width=12 height=10>
          <input type=text
               value='This is a test of_the_emergency_width_system'>
          </input>
          </td>
     </tr>
</table>
</BODY>
</HTML>
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TriskelionCommented:
Or maybe you can put the text into a string, truncate the string based on the width of the cell, then put it into the cell.
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yossim111799Author Commented:
In order to break the string I need to put space in the n character and I dont know how many characters are entered in x width.
so I can only put some fixed number to be truncated.
Is this what you meant , to calculate the number of character that can be enetred in this width and then always truncate according to this number ?




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TriskelionCommented:
Yes, truncate at a fixed number.

What do you think about the edit box idea?
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yossim111799Author Commented:
the edit box is not good for me.
there is no other way in html to force the width of the cell on the text ?
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
I can give you an IE5+ only solution:

in the head:

<style>
   table {table-layout:fixed}
<style>

then on the cells that are a problem:

<td style="width:60;overflow-x:auto">


the overflow-x will cause the cell to be scrollable when the data is
to wide by adding scroll bars.  

If you jsut want to truncate the date use overflow-x:hidden instead.

As I said it's IE5+ only in Netscrap you are out of luck.

Cd&
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ahoffmannCommented:
If you don't mind fixed width table columns:
not nice, not performant, not in the idea of HTML, but works on all browsers ('till memory overflow).

<table border="1" width="80%">
    <tr>
         <td><table border="0" width="200">
                <tr> <td></td> </tr>
             </table>
         </td>
         <td><table border="0" width="100">
                <tr> <td></td> </tr>
             </table>
         </td>
         <td width=100%><td></td>
    </tr>
</table>
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yossim111799Author Commented:
Sorry , but it seem there is no solution in html to my problem.
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
I should not be deleted.  

All he workarounds were given. The comments of a.marsh, ahoffmann, and me are all valid.  The experts are not responsible for the limits of HTML within current browsers.

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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
It is time to clean this abandoned question up.  

I am putting it on a clean up list for CS.

<recommendation>
split COBOLdinosaur, a.marsh, and ahoffmann

</recommendation>

If anyone participating in the Q disagrees with the recommendation,
please leave a comment for the mods.

Cd&
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NetminderCommented:
Per recommendation, force-accepted.

Netminder
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COBOLdinosaur: points for you at http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=html&qid=20315290
ahoffmann: points for you at http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=html&qid=20315291
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