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I'm generally not wild about using "frames" however I'm creating a dynamic tournament bracket and if the system exceeds 32+ entrants it easily overflows the page.

I've seen some sites using a div that allows scrolling left to right. (As well as click drag like google maps). Again, this is using a DIV and not an iframe. I like this approach better because all the content is generated on one page. There is no need to pass variables to a embedded page in a iframe src.

I need a window that is maybe 600px wide and 450-500px tall that will allow me to inlay generated tournament bracket. I'm not a javascript guru and from what I understand this is what it's going to take.

My question is does anyone know of any classes, frameworks, or code that could accomplish something like this? I'm open to anything, just curious what the experts think would work best.
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by:gurvinder372
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for making the content scrollable, you need to
1) give a specific height/width
2) set overflow property to scroll

div, iframe
{
  width: 100px;
  height: 100px;
  overflow: scroll;
}
http://www.w3schools.com/Css/pr_pos_overflow.asp
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by:Kevin Aleshire
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Div's with scrollbars are pretty simple.
Check the code and let me know if this is what your talking about wanting.
<div style="width:600px; height:500px; overflow:auto;">
    generated content goes here
</div>

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by:TechTremor
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In my experience with overflow:auto; that just scrolls vertically.

In the event of the brackets it goes mainly left to right. If I set a max width of 600 and the "bracket" pushes out past that it typically will push the last "round" down to the bottom of the bracketing. Much like a float:right/left does when the page gets to small. Which I dont want it to do.

Is there a fix for this?
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by:Kevin Aleshire
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testing here i get a vertical and horozontal scroll bar.
do you have an example of what your bracket code looks like?
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by:TechTremor
ID: 33666662
Yup just got it myself. I added "sub" div that set the width and that pushed it into horizontal scrolling. Perfect.

Now, is there any frameworks to allow for click and drag style scrolling?
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Kevin Aleshire earned 500 total points
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If that's your ultimate goal, i don't think you'll need the scrollbars at all.
The Drag-and-Drop Library for Google-Web-Toolkit (GWT) is probably what you want.  I've never implmented it myself, but it should help you accomplish what your looking to do.

http://code.google.com/p/gwt-dnd/
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