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http://www.glowfishtw.com/benzleporcelain/products2.asp


I'm trying to get the image/text holding cells in the above page to remain at a fixed width (252px) and force the text to wrap down to the next line instead of expanding horizontally. I was given this advice:

"With css You can solve this easily by using floating divs with a fixed width, and it's much cleaner and faster coding."

but am not quite sure how to code this. Below is the code for my table. Could someone show me how to constrain the cells using DIV tags? You don't have to mess with the whole code, just maybe the first cell so I get the idea. Thanks, I understand it a lot better if I can see it.

<table width="100%" border="0" align="center">
          <tr>
             
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
            <td><div align="center">
            <% If Not rsproducts.EOF Then %>
                  <span class="leftlinks"><strong><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("product").Value)%></strong></span><br />
                <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("price").Value)%></span>
                        <br />
              <br />
                  <%=ReturnImage(rsproducts("imageURL"),rsproducts("imageURL"))%><br />
            <br />
            <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("pdescription").Value)%></span></div>
<% rsproducts.MoveNext() %>
            <%End if%>
                  </td>
                  
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
            <td><div align="center">
            <% If Not rsproducts.EOF Then %>      
                  <span class="leftlinks"><strong><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("product").Value)%></strong></span><br />
                <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("price").Value)%></span>
                        <br />
              <br />
                  <%=ReturnImage(rsproducts("imageURL"),rsproducts("ImageURL"))%><br />
            <br />
            <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("pdescription").Value)%></span></div>
<% rsproducts.MoveNext() %>
                  <%End if%>
                  </td>
                  
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
            <td><div align="center">
            <% If Not rsproducts.EOF Then %>      
                  <span class="leftlinks"><strong><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("product").Value)%></strong></span><br />
                <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("price").Value)%></span>            
                        <br />
              <br />
                  <%=ReturnImage(rsproducts("imageURL"),rsproducts("ImageURL"))%><br />
            <br />
            <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("pdescription").Value)%></span></div>
<% rsproducts.MoveNext() %>
                  <%End if%>
                  </td>
                  
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
          </tr>
            </table>

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by:quetzal22
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instead of just having:
<div align="center">

add a style attribute:
<div align="center" style="width:252px;">
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quetzal22 earned 2000 total points
ID: 22847271
actually, ignore my previous post. Use the css and code posted below:
CSS:
<style type="text/css">
<!--
.style1 {color: #FFFFFF}
.style3 {
	color: #FFFFFF;
	font-size: 24px;
	font-weight: bold;
}
.style4 {
	font-size: 12px;
	color: #666666;
}
.description{display:block;width:52px;}
-->
</style>
 
 
Updated code:
<table width="100%" border="0" align="center">
          <tr>
             
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
            <td><div align="center">
            <% If Not rsproducts.EOF Then %>
                  <span class="leftlinks"><strong><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("product").Value)%></strong></span><br />
                <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("price").Value)%></span>
                        <br />
              <br />
                  <%=ReturnImage(rsproducts("imageURL"),rsproducts("imageURL"))%><br />
            <br />
            <span class="style4 description"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("pdescription").Value)%></span></div>
<% rsproducts.MoveNext() %>
            <%End if%>
                  </td>
                  
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
            <td><div align="center">
            <% If Not rsproducts.EOF Then %>      
                  <span class="leftlinks"><strong><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("product").Value)%></strong></span><br />
                <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("price").Value)%></span>
                        <br />
              <br />
                  <%=ReturnImage(rsproducts("imageURL"),rsproducts("ImageURL"))%><br />
            <br />
            <span class="style4 description"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("pdescription").Value)%></span></div>
<% rsproducts.MoveNext() %>
                  <%End if%>
                  </td>
                  
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
            <td><div align="center">
            <% If Not rsproducts.EOF Then %>      
                  <span class="leftlinks"><strong><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("product").Value)%></strong></span><br />
                <span class="style4"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("price").Value)%></span>            
                        <br />
              <br />
                  <%=ReturnImage(rsproducts("imageURL"),rsproducts("ImageURL"))%><br />
            <br />
            <span class="style4 description"><%=(rsproducts.Fields.Item("pdescription").Value)%></span></div>
<% rsproducts.MoveNext() %>
                  <%End if%>
                  </td>
                  
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
                  
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
            <td>&nbsp;</td>
          </tr>
            </table>

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by:quetzal22
ID: 22847280
make sure you specify 252px. I forgot to change 52px:
.description{display:block;width:52px;}


to 252px:
.description{display:block;width:252px;}
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