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How to resize a textbox on the fly.

Posted on 2004-10-25
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I have an input type=text  readonly.  I want this textbox to be able to resize based on the length of the input that will populate it.  How can I do this??  I am using HTML and javascript.
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Question by:mtiGirl
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    In a web page there is no good way to really pin down the size of text ... but you could make your best stab at it by checking the length of the value of the textbox and hopefully knowing the font family and font size you can make a decent attempt to size the textbox's width.

    var txtBox = document.getElementById("myTextBox");
    var length = txtBox.value.length;
    txtBox.style.width = (length * 5) + "px";

    try adjusting the 5 to whatever seems to work best ...
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    by:nan1217
    You can use this script for what you're looking for.  They have several examples to show you what it does.  The difference for you would be that the text box would be disabled and the size would default to the length of the text.

    http://www.flws.com.au/showusyourcode/codeLib/code/dynamicLength.asp?catID=2
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