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bargraph behind text lines?

JamesNewton asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-09
How can I put a colored background behind a line of text with a width that is some number of pixels and not related to the width or character spacing of the text.

So, I have a list of file names and I want to add a sort of a bar graph that shows how big the file is, but I don't want to take up any space in the listing. I have a nice little yellow span with a width that follows the file size, but it shows up after the file name and not behind the file name.

html+=f.Name+"<span style='width:"+f.Size*scale+"px;color:red;background-color:yellow;height:3px;'></span><BR>";

If I do absolute position and the window is resized causeing something above the list to wrap, don't I have to recalculate all the absolute positions? I want the position to be 0,0 relative to the start of each file name.

browser compatibility would be nice but I'll accept an IE only answer.
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