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Is there anyway to give these text a background color? I'd like for the "Due Date:" to have a background of #357EC7 & all of the others (due_1, due_2, etc.) to have the background color of #3BB9FF

Is this possible? I need some type of background colors so those fields will stand out when viewed on paper...thanks!
<td><b>Due Date:</b> <br>
<input type="text" name="due_1" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_1'] .'" /> </br> <br> 
<input type="text" name="due_2" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_2'] .'" /> </br><br> 
<input type="text" name="due_3" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_3'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_4" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_4'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_5" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_5'] .'" /> </td>

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<HTML>
<HEAD>

<TITLE></TITLE>
<LINK REV="made" HREF="mailto:">
<META NAME="generator" CONTENT="NoteTab Light 6.2">
<META NAME="author" CONTENT="">
<META NAME="description" CONTENT="">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="">

<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
<!--
... Type style here!
-->
</STYLE>
</HEAD>

<BODY>
<table>
<tr>
<td><b>Due Date:</b> <br>
<input type="text" name="due_1" size="25" maxlength="30"style = "background-color: #3BB9FF;" value="'. $row['due_1'] .'" /> </br> <br>
<input type="text" name="due_2" size="25" maxlength="30" style = "background-color: #357EC7;"'. $row['due_2'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_3" size="25" maxlength="30"style = "background-color: #357EC7;" value="'. $row['due_3'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_4" size="25" maxlength="30" style = "background-color: #357EC7;"value="'. $row['due_4'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_5" size="25" maxlength="30" style = "background-color: #357EC7;" value="'. $row['due_5'] .'" /> </td>
</tr>
</table>

</BODY>
</HTML>
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<td style="background-color: #357EC7;"><b>Due Date:</b> <br>
<input style="background-color: #3BB9FF;" type="text" name="due_1" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_1'] .'" /> </br> <br> 
<input style="background-color: #3BB9FF;" type="text" name="due_2" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_2'] .'" /> </br><br> 
<input style="background-color: #3BB9FF;" type="text" name="due_3" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_3'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input style="background-color: #3BB9FF;" type="text" name="due_4" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_4'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input style="background-color: #3BB9FF;" type="text" name="due_5" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_5'] .'" /> </td>

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by:Tom Beck
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This works if you specify the width.
<td><div style="background-color:#357EC7;width:175px;"><b>Due Date:</b><br>
<input type="text" name="due_1" size="25" style="background-color:#3BB9FF;width:173px;" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_1'] .'" /> </br> <br> 
<input type="text" name="due_2" size="25" style="background-color:#3BB9FF;width:173px;" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_2'] .'" /> </br><br> 
<input type="text" name="due_3" size="25" style="background-color:#3BB9FF;width:173px;" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_3'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_4" size="25" style="background-color:#3BB9FF;width:173px;" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_4'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_5" size="25" style="background-color:#3BB9FF;width:173px;" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_5'] .'" /> </td>
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by:wantabe2
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Rik-Legger,
Yours works perfect! Why doesn't show when I print it? I know there is a setting on the IE browser to print background images/colors but I have that enabled. I'm using IE...is there something in the code that is not allowing it to be printed? It doesn't even show in the print preview...
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I believe that is some kind of setting in your browser/print software.
Don't know much about that either, but it is not something you can 'turn on/off' through HTML.
So the code should be good, just try to figure out the also print background colors.
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by:Tom Beck
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wantabe2,
What browser are you using. I don't see the #357EC7 color showing up in any browser I've tried using Rik-Legger's code.
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by:Tom Beck
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Nevermind, my mistake.
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I'm using IE
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by:Chris Stanyon
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You're going to struggle with this one. The default option is to not print background images and colours. Whilst there is an option to turn on background printing, I would guess that the majority of 'standard' web users don't know about it, or don't bother changing it, so you really can't rely on it.

If you want the various inputs to stand out when printed, you might try adding a coloured, bold border to each one. You can do this only for printing by attaching a print specific style sheet. Keep your background colours in your normal style sheet and set different borders only for printing.

Add a print specific style sheet in the head of you document.

Looking at your code, you'll probably want to add a class or ID to the various elements so that you can style it with your style sheet


//add print style sheet to your document
<link rel="stylesheet" media="print" href="printStyles.css" type="text/css" />

//Then in your printStyles.css 
#DueDates b { border: 2px solid #357EC7; }
#DueDates input { border: 2px solid #3BB9FF; }

//Add an ID to your html 
<td id="DueDates"><b>Due Date:</b><br>
<input type="text" name="due_1" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_1'] .'" /> </br> <br> 
<input type="text" name="due_2" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_2'] .'" /> </br><br> 
<input type="text" name="due_3" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_3'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_4" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_4'] .'" /> </br><br>
<input type="text" name="due_5" size="25" maxlength="30" value="'. $row['due_5'] .'" /> </td>

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