SELECT format columns

I have a SELECT listbox on a form that contains names and addresses. How can I make the address start at the same position/column ?

In VB I would put a tab character in the text, but I can't see anything like.

I'm using VB Webclasses to output the html stream. I could use a grid control, but it looks heavy going to format the grid each time.

Any suggestions ?

TIA

John

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knightEknightConnect With a Mentor Commented:
yeah, I tried that, but when you set it using javascript, it actually shows the   in the select ... which is what lead me to use a regular space instead.  But, if you want to "pad" the options from the server (instead of using the javascript function) then you would have to use the  

Also, for your data, you will probably want to use a number bigger than 20 (which I used) to pad your data columns.
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brunoCommented:
Don't think you can do what you are trying to do all within the same SELECT...

can we see a code snippet?


BRUNO
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CJ_SCommented:
JohnHind,
What do you mean? Doesn't make sense.

You want to position a couple of elements at the same place? What elements?

You might be able to use layers and position them above each other.

I don't really get what you want. Tell us more.

CJ
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brunoCommented:
CJ,

I think I can remember something similar creating forms in Access...

you can show more than one value, almost like a select with different columns to it...


BRUNO
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CJ_SCommented:
Oh that! :-)

try using the \t operand instead of a normal tab :-)

"\tblah"
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ahoffmannCommented:
when you say "position/column", you mean identation, probably using whitespace left of text?
Then simple answer: not possible
     long answer: any method like using \t or %09 is not reliable, means it might work with a special browser of paricular version on uniq OS etc. etc.
IMHO, even using CSS is vasting time, unfortunately.

The only reliable method I know is to use printable characters, like a dash: -
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JohnHindAuthor Commented:
Here's the snippet. Basically, I need to change the commas for tabs, so I get columns - ie the addresses line up. Sounds like I can't do it.

<SELECT align=center id=lstMain size=20 name=lstMain style="WIDTH: 80%; HEIGHT: 60%"><option>Fred Smith, 1 The High Street, Nottingham<option>Joe Public, 2 Smith Street, Birmingham</SELECT>

John
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knightEknightCommented:
separate your columns with pipe symbols (|) and then convert the pipes to a pre-determined number of spaces like this:


<HTML>
<HEAD>
<SCRIPT language='javascript'>

 function padOptions(theSelect,L)
 {
   L = L||20;  // 20 by default, if L is not specified
   for ( var i=0,n=theSelect.options.length; i<n; i++ )
   {
      var ta = theSelect.options[i].text.split("|");
      for ( j=0,m=ta.length; j<m; j++ )
      {
         var D = L - ta[j].length;
         for ( var k=0; k<D; k++)
            ta[j] += " ";
      }
      theSelect.options[i].text = ta.join("");
   }

 }

</script>
</head>

<BODY onLoad='padOptions(document.myform.myselect,20);'>

<FORM name='myform'>
 <FONT face='courier new'>
 <SELECT name='myselect' style='font:9pt courier new;'>
  <OPTION>col1|col2</option>
  <OPTION>column1|column2</option>
  <OPTION>This Is Column1|This Is Column2</option>
 </select>
 </font>
</form>

</body>
</html>


(I tested this in IE5+ and NS6 ... I doubt it will work in NS4)
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knightEknightCommented:
Sorry, I didn't see your last post until after I posted ... if you want to use commas instead, then change this:

   var ta = theSelect.options[i].text.split("|");

to this:

   var ta = theSelect.options[i].text.split(",");
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knightEknightCommented:
also note the fixed-face font ... this is necessary.
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CJ_SCommented:
You can also use the &nbsp; character to indicate 1 space. Works in most cases.

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JohnHindAuthor Commented:
I'll give that a go.

thanks
John
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