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vert align text in table cell - css jquery solution

Posted on 2013-01-11
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Last Modified: 2013-01-14
Amazing how fast this knowledge leaves you if you don't use it every day.

How do you vertically align (actually, vertically align and right justify) text in a table cell ( <td> ) so that it is centered in the cell and aligned with the control in the next cell?


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<%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="AgentFormEdit.ascx.cs" Inherits="Reo.ContentControls.AgentFormEdit" %>
<%@ Register Assembly="Framework" Namespace="Framework.UIControls" TagPrefix="cc1" %>

<div id="frame">
    <div id="frame_header">
        <div id="frame_title">
                Edit Agent Form</h1>

   <%-- <asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanelAgentFormAdd" runat="server" 
    <div id="corpus">
        <table class="layout_table">
            <tr><td>Form Type</td><td><cc1:DdlLookup runat="server" HeaderCode="DocType" ID="ddlLookupFormType"></cc1:DdlLookup></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Sequence</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxSequence" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Form Name</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxFormName" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Colist</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxColist" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Acceptance Reqd</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxAcceptanceReqd" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Duplicates Allowed</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxDuplicatesAllowed" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>External Link</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxExternalLink" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Task Code</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxTaskCode" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>AM firm</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxAMFirm" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Client</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxClient" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Product</td><td><asp:DropDownList ID="ddlProducts" runat="server"></asp:DropDownList></td></tr>
            <tr><td>Active</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxActive" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
 <%--   </ContentTemplate>

    <div id="footer">
<div id="end_cap">

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please provide CSS and / or jQuery type solution (one of each ideal)
Question by:Tom Knowlton
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Expert Comment

ID: 38767884
First here's reference:

Now here's some code:
.layout_table tr td{vertical-align:middle;}

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In your HTML:
<table class="layout_table">
    <tr><td valign="middle">Form Type</td><td><cc1:DdlLookup runat="server" HeaderCode="DocType" ID="ddlLookupFormType"></cc1:DdlLookup></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Sequence</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxSequence" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Form Name</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxFormName" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Colist</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxColist" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Acceptance Reqd</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxAcceptanceReqd" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Duplicates Allowed</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxDuplicatesAllowed" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">External Link</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxExternalLink" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Task Code</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxTaskCode" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">AM firm</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxAMFirm" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Client</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxClient" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Product</td><td><asp:DropDownList ID="ddlProducts" runat="server"></asp:DropDownList></td></tr>
    <tr><td valign="middle">Active</td><td><asp:TextBox ID="TextBoxActive" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td></tr>

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You really don't need jQuery to do this. CSS and good HTML coding practices should do it for you.

Author Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 38767939
<tr><td valign="middle">Form Type</td><td><cc1:DdlLookup runat="server" HeaderCode="DocType" ID="ddlLookupFormType"></cc1:DdlLookup></td></tr>

This did not seem to work.
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Assisted Solution

LZ1 earned 200 total points
ID: 38767945
Do you have any styling on the internal <asp> tags on the rendered page?
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tap52384 earned 200 total points
ID: 38769008
From a design standpoint, it looks good the way it is. You could use text-align:right to align the text in the cell. Additionally, to make the text centered in the cell, you could set the line-height of the cell to the height of the cell. That could work.
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Accepted Solution

COBOLdinosaur earned 1600 total points
ID: 38769129
<td valign="middle">

Is obsolete.  Use CSS or run the risk of watching it break.


Author Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 38774901
Maybe not the best, but this seems to be working:

This css seems to align the text vertically.  It's not perfect, but I eyeballed it and it works for me.  My boss indicated that since this is purely an internal tool (for us) it's okay not to be perfect:

         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('padding-top', '5px');

   $(document).ready(function () {
         $('div[id="agentformfields"]').css('position', 'relative');
         //$('div[id="agentformfields"]').css('background-color', 'red');
         $('div[id="agentformfields"]').css('height', '500px');
         $('div[id="agentformfields"]').css('width', '800px');

         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('position', 'relative');
         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('width', '120px');
      //   $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('background-color', 'red');
         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('float', 'left');
         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('clear', 'left');
         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('text-align', 'right');
         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('margin-right', '5px');
         $('div[class="afa_label"]').css('padding-top', '5px');

         $('div[class="afa_control"]').css('position', 'relative');
         $('div[class="afa_control"]').css('width', '280px');      
         $('div[class="afa_control"]').css('float', 'left'); 
         $('input').css('width', '30px');
         $('input[name*="TextBoxExternalLink"]').css('width', '200px');
         $('input[name*="TextBoxFormName"]').css('width', '200px');
         $('select[name*="TextBoxExternalLink"]').css('width', '200px');

         $('div[class="afa_controlrb"]').css('position', 'relative');
         $('div[class="afa_controlrb"]').css('width', '80px');
         $('div[class="afa_controlrb"]').css('float', 'left');

         $('div[class="afa_button"]').css('position', 'relative');
         $('div[class="afa_button"]').css('width', '150px');
         $('div[class="afa_button"]').css('float', 'left');

         $('input[type="submit"]').css('width', '80px');
         $('input[type="submit"]').css('position', 'relative');
         $('input[type="submit"]').css('float', 'left');       


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Author Closing Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 38774933
Thanks everyone...

Author Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 38774950
See...I think it looks better now...

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