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I've created a dataList that reads a listing of events on a website. I have it sitting in a table, however when I view it, the dataList runs beyond the design of the website. The table doesn't expand when the database is read. I have the height at 100% all over the place. There's other design elements but the below code is just the datalist.
<div>
               <form id="form1" runat="server">
              <table width="760" height="100%" border="00" align="center" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5">
                <tr height="100%">
                  <td valign="top" style="height: 100%">
                  
   
        <asp:AccessDataSource ID="AccessDataSource1" runat="server" DataFile="~/App_Data/gridview.mdb"
            SelectCommand="SELECT [ID], [dateFormat], [description], [dateTime], [title] FROM [calendar] ORDER BY[dateFormat]asc"></asp:AccessDataSource>
        <asp:DataList ID="gridView" runat="server" BackColor="#DEBA84" BorderColor="#DEBA84"
            BorderStyle="None" BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="3" CellSpacing="2" DataKeyField="ID"
            datasourceid="AccessDataSource1" GridLines="Both" style="z-index: 24; left: 355px;
            position: absolute; top: 379px" Width="572px" ShowHeader="False" Height="423px" Font-Bold="False" Font-Italic="False" Font-Names="Arial" Font-Overline="False" Font-Size="Medium" Font-Strikeout="False" Font-Underline="False" ForeColor="Blue" ShowFooter="False">
          <footerstyle BackColor="#F7DFB5" ForeColor="#8C4510" />        
          <selecteditemstyle BackColor="Red" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />        
          <itemtemplate>
       
            <table style="height: 100%">
              <tr style="height: 100%">
                <td style="height: 100%; width: 647px;">description:
                  <asp:Label ID="descriptionLabel" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("description") %>' Height="100%"></asp:Label></td>
              </tr>
              <tr style="height: 100%">
                <td style="height: 27%; width: 647px;">dateTime:
                  <asp:Label ID="dateTimeLabel" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("dateTime") %>'></asp:Label></td>
              </tr>
              <tr style="height: 100%">
                <td style="height: 100%; width: 647px;">title:
                  <asp:Label ID="titleLabel" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("title") %>'></asp:Label></td>
              </tr>
            </table>
          </itemtemplate>
          <itemstyle BackColor="#FFFFC0" Font-Bold="False" Font-Italic="False" Font-Names="Arial"
                Font-Overline="False" Font-Strikeout="False" Font-Underline="False" ForeColor="#804000"
                HorizontalAlign="Left" />        
          <headerstyle BackColor="#A55129" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />        
          <edititemstyle ForeColor="Red" CssClass="csc.csc" Font-Bold="True" />        
</asp:DataList>
        <table width="750" style="height: 100%" border="00" align="center" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5">
          <tr>
            <td style="height: 26px"><div align="center" class="Copysm"><a href="index.htm">Home</a> | <a href="ftDel.htm">Visit the Fort</a> | <a href="shopDine.htm">Shopping &amp; Dining</a> | <a href="events.htm">News &amp; Events</a> | <a href="contact.htm">Directions &amp; Contact </a>| <a href="mainst.htm">About Main Street </a></div></td>
          </tr>
        </table></td>
                </tr>
              </table> 
               </form></div>

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by:dan_neal
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Just to be sure, its truncating the height of the list?  Do you have any other styles controling the height of the DIV containg the table?  
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by:scripkilla
ID: 24129783
I am not really sure about all the style syntax that's been created in your code, but I can offer a few suggestions.  First, adding a height=100% to a <tr> is not necessary.  I also noticed that there are 3 tables: 1 'container' table with two other tables inside that one.  The two inside tables are not located in seperated table rows (<tr>) which may be why things are extending beyond your page design.  If you need that data to 'stack', then move one of the tables to a new row: <tr><td>*place table here*</td> </tr>.  If you need them to display side-by-side, add a new <td></td> to the 'container' table and place a table in that.  
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by:designaire
ID: 24130731
The DataList is just sitting on top of everything but doesn't get truncated. It just runs off the page. I'lll have to look at the code again. I have a test page I'm running, I'll have post that tonight.
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by:designaire
ID: 24132165
Here is a small sample. It contains the database information that sits inside a colored table. When the database expands the colored table should expand but it doesn't. The table is small and the database sits on top and extends beyond the table. The DatalList is in a form tag.
<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="delCityLong.aspx.vb" Inherits="delCityLong" %>
 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>Untitled Page</title>
</head>
<body>
<table width="649" border="0" bordercolor="#ECE9D8" bgcolor="#333399">
  <tr>
    <td width="677"><form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div>
        <asp:AccessDataSource ID="AccessDataSource1" runat="server" DataFile="~/App_Data/gridview.mdb"
            SelectCommand="SELECT [title], [dateTime], [description], [dateFormat], [ID] FROM [calendar] ORDER BY [dateFormat] ASC"></asp:AccessDataSource>
        &nbsp;</div>
        <asp:DataList ID="DataList1" runat="server" BackColor="#DEBA84" BorderColor="#DEBA84"
            BorderStyle="None" BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="3" CellSpacing="2" DataKeyField="ID"
            DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" GridLines="Both" Style="z-index: 24; left: 75px;
            position: absolute; top: 77px" Width="542px" ShowHeader="False">
            <FooterStyle BackColor="#F7DFB5" ForeColor="#8C4510" />
            <SelectedItemStyle BackColor="Red" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />
            <ItemTemplate>  
            <table> <tr><td> <font face ="tahoma" color= "navy">    
                <asp:Label ID="titleLabel" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("title") %>'></asp:Label><br />
              </font>
                <asp:Label ID="dateTimeLabel" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("dateTime") %>'></asp:Label><br />
                </td></tr></table>
                <asp:Label ID="descriptionLabel" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("description") %>'></asp:Label><br />
                <br />
            </ItemTemplate>
            <ItemStyle BackColor="#FFFFC0" Font-Bold="False" Font-Italic="False" Font-Names="Arial"
                Font-Overline="False" Font-Strikeout="False" Font-Underline="False" ForeColor="#804000"
                HorizontalAlign="Left" />
            <HeaderStyle BackColor="#A55129" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />
            <EditItemStyle ForeColor="Red" CssClass="csc.csc" Font-Bold="True" />
        </asp:DataList>
 
        &nbsp;</form></td>
  </tr>
</table>
<br />
    
</body>
</html>

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I just figured it out. I just changed the  setting from absolute to relative....  position: relative; top: 0px

asp:DataList ID="DataList1" runat="server" BackColor="#DEBA84" BorderColor="#DEBA84"
            BorderStyle="None" BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="3" CellSpacing="2" DataKeyField="ID"
            DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" GridLines="Both" Style="z-index: 24; left: 71px;
            position: relative; top: 0px" Width="542px" ShowHeader="False">
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