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html table and moving cell sizes

i am using ie and trying to make up a grid like excel but when you enter in the data if its longer than the cell then the cell will expand. what i want to do is to have the cell grow in height to make the adjustment instead of in width. the data is being returned via ajax and will have many
differing characer count as the data is returned

$ret.='<table>';
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$nyz'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$123.'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$abv.'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$xyz.'</td>';
            
$ret.='</table>'; data layup
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Sudaraka WijesingheWeb Application ProgrammerCommented:
If you have continuous string in the TD, you won't be able stop it from expanding. You can add a DIV tag in the TD and set a fixed width to that and set overflow to hidden. (extra text will be cut off from the display)

Btw, Add TR tags around the TDs.

Found this here http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/HTML/Q_21605705.html
<td><div style="width:152px; overflow;hidden;">'.$nyz'</div></td>

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you're trying to get all the sections to line up together, you need to make it One table and not a bunch of little ones.  If it's One table, then all of the columns will have the same width from top to bottom.  Start the table at the top, loop thru your data, and end the table after the loop.  Like below:
echo '<table>';
///
while(...) {
$ret.='<tr>';
$ret.='<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$nyz'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$123.'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$abv.'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$xyz.'</td>';            
$ret.='</tr>'; 
}
echo '</table>';

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
This would be better.
echo '<table>';
///
while(...) {
$ret = '<tr>';
$ret.='<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$nyz'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$123.'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$abv.'</td>
<td width="152" style="width:152">'.$xyz.'</td>';            
$ret.='</tr>'; 
echo $ret;
}
echo '</table>';

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gbanikCommented:
Just echo this before the body
echo '<STYLE>td {width:152px;vertical-align:top}</STYLE>';
and create your table and columns without any width.

If you are filling data by AJAX, it may be better to use DIVs rather than TABLEs and TDs.
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gbanikCommented:
and of course do what DaveBaldwin suggested... create ONE table rather than many small ones. Data within cells (cell widths) are restricted by column widths across all rows of the table.
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sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
thanks for that am playing with a sample file now so will know by the end of the day. when we have it going.
welcome to a fantastic sunday every one,
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sydneyguyAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help rebuit the lay out and now works fine
have a good christmas and a good new year
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Sudaraka WijesingheWeb Application ProgrammerCommented:
Glad to help. Thanks for the points.
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