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Using DataList, why the data sometimes display with a big gap to the left

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Hi, I'm using C#, asp.net 3.5
Can I fix this or should I use a different control?  The datalist gets translated to be another Table inside of the parent table in html source view.  Look odd.  Also, The data also seems to be higher of 1//2 of a row height when there is a 2nd row to be listed.  
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by:lapucca
ID: 34864688
sorry, forgot to attach files.
DataList.txt
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by:lapucca
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Also, where and how is that comma added in front of the name when there is more than 1 to be listed?  I cannot find it in my code or sp?  Thank you.
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by:lapucca
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Ok, found the comma but still not able to solve the spacing problem.
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by:Jesse Houwing
ID: 34869747
because you're using relative sizes of the table columns, the first column will grow with the size of the second column. So as more people are added to the list, the second column increases in size (the repeater is set to grow horizontally). the 1st column is set to always be 1/3rd of the size of the second column (25%/75%), so the 1st column increases in size.

If you want to solve this, either specify a width on the encapsulating table, or set the width of the 1st column to a fixed width and don't specify a width on the 2nd column at all.
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by:lapucca
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I tried both but still get funny extra spacing here and there. I rid of percent and gavei 1st column a 10em width.  I then got rid of both column width.  I gave the Datalist a width of 4in.  both didn't work.  Should I just try some other control to do this?  I basicaly wants to list 2 names per line.  Thank you.
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Jesse Houwing earned 2000 total points
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It should be very simple to just create your ons webcontrol and take full control of the HTML generation.

Have a look at the following article(s) for a couple of ideas:
http://aspalliance.com/articleViewer.aspx?aId=350&pId=-1
http://aspalliance.com/345
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