Using an overflow: hidden; and white-space:nowrap; - WITHOUT it affecting the size of a container

Hello,

I have a web app.  It's a Ruby-on-Rails app - but this is more of a CSS question...


I want it to have a table with collapsible cells that have text in them of various lengths.  If the text is longer than the table cell - either before or after the table cell is collapsed to a specific length - I need the text to be hidden behind the edge of the cell.

I can do this - using a CSS with overflow: hidden; and white-space:nowrap;

Trouble is, the table cell - or whatever I put the text into - doesn't size the same - depending on the size of the text.  Longer text makes the container much wider; shorter text doesn't.

Basically, the collapsible container doesn't act the same when it has overflow:hidden text in it.

Is there any way to force the container to behave the same?

Thanks in advance,
Tim
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Rameshwar VyevhareConnect With a Mentor Commented:
try this one.

table
      {
        width:250px;table-layout:fixed;
      }
table tr {
             height:1em;  
             }
td {
     overflow:hidden;white-space:nowrap;  
    }
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