How would I get php to highlight a table cell

I have two php mssql queries that echo the results back to the same page in two different tables. Each have one column in common "ord.tractor". Can anyone tell me how I could get php to check if the column fields data are the same and highlight them ? Sort of like if table 1 has a row that has 125 in the ord.tractor column, and table 2 has a row with ord.tractor column as 125 than both would turn red. I
GD_GRAYAsked:
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Ray PaseurConnect With a Mentor Commented:
To tag only the second column change line 26 in the code snippet above like this.  Sorry I forgot about the close span in the prior post.  Please post the code that pulls the arrays.
echo "<tr><td>$a1_value</td><td><span style='color:$my_color'>$a2_value</span></td></tr>" . PHP_EOL;

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darren-w-Commented:
define 2 arrays, ie $array1 $array2
read id's from both columns into each individual arrays
pass both array's to the array dif function :  http://php.net/manual/en/function.array-diff.php

$difference = array_diff(array1, array2)

populate the columns, put an if statement on the column that is being displayed and use the in_array function:

if (in_array($currrent_item, $difference){
print "<div class=\"yellow_background\">$current_item</div>";
}

This should do the job
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markloganCommented:
If you need to highlight matching rows in both tables you could also loop through both results sets first and store all the ord.tractor values in two arrays.

Then loop them again to produce the output table but in each iteration check to see if the ord.tractor value is in the other array. If so, highlight red.

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markloganCommented:
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$result_01 = mysql_query("SELECT .... ");

$resultArray_01 = array();

while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result_01)) {
 array_push($resultArray_01, $row['ord.tractor']);
}

$result_02 = mysql_query("SELECT .... ");

$resultArray_02 = array();

while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result_02)) {
 array_push($resultArray_02, $row['ord.tractor']);
}

while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result_01)) {
 if(in_array($row['ord.tractor'], $resultArray_02)
 {
   // output with red row here
 }
 else
 {
   // output normally here
 }
}

while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result_02)) {
 if(in_array($row['ord.tractor'], $resultArray_01)
 {
   // output with red row here
 }
 else
 {
   // output normally here
 }
}

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Ray PaseurCommented:
The "turn red" part would be something you would do with CSS.  Finding the "same" fields might depend on a handful of factors - the order of the results set from the query, whether any fields were missing, etc.  If you knew for sure that you had exactly the same number and order of rows it would be simpler.
<?php // RAY_temp_redhtml.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);

// TEST DATA ARRAYS
$a1 = array("acme store",  "acme gas station", "acme dentist");
$a2 = array("acme barber", "acme gas station", "acme doctor");

// FINDING THE ELEMENTS THAT ARE THE SAME
$same = array();
foreach ($a1 as $key => $a1_value)
{
    // MAN PAGE http://us2.php.net/manual/en/function.in-array.php
    if (in_array($a1_value, $a2)) $same[] = $a1_value;
}

// CREATING TABULAR INFORMATION
echo "<table>" . PHP_EOL;

// USING AN ITERATOR TO WALK THE TWO ARRAYS
foreach ($a1 as $key => $a1_value)
{
    $a2_value = $a2[$key];
    $my_color = 'green';
    if (in_array($a1_value, $same)) $my_color = 'red';

    echo "<tr><td><span style='color:$my_color'>$a1_value</td><td><span style='color:$my_color'>$a2_value</td></tr>" . PHP_EOL;
}
echo "</table>" . PHP_EOL;

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GD_GRAYAuthor Commented:
Ray:

The number of Row's will very from one table to the other but the field I need to tag is always the 2nd column in every row and never null. Wow this is much deeper than I had planned Im sorry about that. I thought their might be somthing that would just work somthing like: if  td t1=td t2  highlight  t1/t2. Im not getting the array pulled for some reason.
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