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Posted on 2012-03-20
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Is there a way to have a new Table control load a string that defines an HTML Table, that way I can manipulate the table in code, then re-write the HTML code out using the .RenderControl() method?

Here is my sample HTML string that I would want to load...
strHTMLCode = "<table style=""width: 100%;"">" &
              "    <tbody>" &
              "        <tr>" &
              "            <td colspan=""3"">Phone Call (Made) - 03/20/2012 [Ben]</td>" &
              "        </tr>" &
              "        <tr>" &
              "            <td style=""width: 50px;"">&nbsp;</td>" &
              "            <td style=""text-align: center; width: 20px; vertical-align: top;"">-</td>" &
              "            <td style=""width: 500px;"">Comment Goes Here</td>" &
              "        </tr>" &
              "    </tbody>" &
              "</table>"

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...and I would like to do something like...
Dim objTable As New Table
objTable.LoadFromString(strHTMLCode)

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Obviously I know there isnlt a LoadFromString() method on that object, but is there some equivalent to that type of process?
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techChallenger1,

Thank you for the input, but that is not what I was looking for. I don't need to generate HTML code (I have the HTML code already), and I already know how to create dynamic tables server-side. What I need is to create a Server-Side object based on the HTML string representation of a table. Ultimately I wrote myself a custom class to handle what I need, but it's extremely limited and I know there may be scenarios where my code will not fuction properly because there are many variables I haven't accounted for.

If anyone knows of a better built-in way of getting what I need, please let me know!  :-)
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I never found an answer to this. Ended up building my own class to parse the HTML text.

Thanks for the input!
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Found my own answer.
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