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Wrapping text inside TD tag

Posted on 2004-09-07
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Hi,

   I have a table where I have sepcified width for all columns. When I add a text of more than 30 chars, the column instead of wrapping the text, it expands. It behaves as though I have given nowrap for the TD. Is there any way I can make the text wrap once it is exceeding the specified width given to the column.

Thank you
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Question by:gops1
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by:RozanaZ
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Why don't you remove nowrap from TD?
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by:gops1
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Rozana,

I have not used nowrap. I meant when i put some text without any space the TD BEHAVES like a TD with nowrap.

Gops
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by:ecupd
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Hi Gops,

paste your code, it sounds like there is no width value given to the <table> tag.
with table widths set a TD should eventually wrap always

Is there any content in any of the TD's in that column that hold it at a particular min width at the moment?

dayton
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by:samscudder
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If it's just one word it will expand the column. In IE, there is the "word-wrap" style, but I´m not sure about other browsers:

<table border=1>
<tr>
<td width=50 style="word-wrap: break-word">OneLongWordWhichWillBeBroken</td>
</tr>
</table>

Hope this helps

S
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by:seanpowell
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You may need to add this to Sam's last post:

<table ........  style="table-layout:fixed;">

Thanks,
Sean
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COBOLdinosaur earned 40 total points
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Using non-standard thing like word-wrap is a bad idea.  All you do is create a fundemental design defect in non-IE browsers; definitely not a good idea at the rate IE is losing market share.

table-layout:fixed will resolve the expanding cell problem, but will create a new one.  IE by default will hide the overflow(truncate it) but Mozilla will render it outside the box. so overflow needs to be use to control the dispositon of the excess:

<td width=50 style="overflow:hidden;clip:auto">OneLongWordWhichWillBeBroken</td>
or
<td width=50 style="overflow:auto;clip:auto">OneLongWordWhichWillBeBroken</td>

are standards compliant, and will continue to work after IE is forced to follow the standards, and get rid of the proprietary bloat to stay competitive.

Cd&
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by:KarcOrigin
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Hmmm...doesn't work

<Table width="100%">
<TR>
  <TD width="25%" style="overflow:auto;clip:auto">TextboxTextboxTextboxTextboxTextboxTextboxTextboxTextboxTextboxTextbox</TD>
  <TD width="75%"><INPUT id="txtBox" name="txtBox" value="Test value"></TD>
</TR>
</Table>

But gops1 COBOLdinosaur is write. I also don't think it is a good idea to be specific to only one browser. If you are getting the continous string then better break it with a single spaces.

Cheers!

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by:gops1
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Thanks a lot COBOLdinosaur and Karc.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Glad we could help.  Thanks for the A. :^)

Cd&
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by:seanpowell
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... and thank you Cd& for pointing out the proprietary MS code - I keep forgetting what's part of the official spec and what isn't.
That cave wall must come in pretty handy :-)
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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I keep running up against the IE only stuff all the time trying to migrate apps to support Mozilla.  It hard to believe some of the stuff we used to do because we were in an IE environment.  Fortunately .net is pretty much a dead issue so I don't have to fight that off... at least in the technology division.  Corporate is another story.  They think the world revolves around activex. :^(

Cd&
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