INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS
Come Join Us!
Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips now!
- Talk With Other Members
- Be Notified Of Responses
To Your Posts
- Keyword Search
- One-Click Access To Your
- Automated Signatures
On Your Posts
- Best Of All, It's Free!
*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.
Partner With Us!
"Best Of Breed" Forums Add Stickiness To Your Site
(Download This Button Today!)
"...Thank you. I have never said it, but you have a great web site. It is of immense help...."
Where in the world do Tek-Tips members come from?
How to create a table with fixed-width columns regardless of contents, and/or the type of browser in use (e.g. IE, NN, Opera)?
Posted: 25 Nov 03 (Edited 16 Jun 04)
Here is an example:
<table border=1 width=183 style='table-layout:fixed'>
Notice how a very long entry does not cause a column to expand.
There are three (3) elements involved here to maintain cross-browser consistency.
1) use of width attribute in the table tag
2) use of 'table-layout:fixed' property in the style attribute of the table.
3) use of col tags to designate column widths
Make sure the value of the width attribute of the table tag is equal to the total of the width attributes of the col tags.
The 3 elements altogether is redundant if you are using IE. But this approach is needed to take care of the way some browsers like NN behaves differently when specifying column widths.
There are other ways to accomplish this, but this approach is the *easiest* to maintain, especially if you frequently add and delete table rows and/or columns. You don't have to put style sheet properties on every TD tags.
I used IE6, NN6, Opera7 and Firefox 0.9 to test this. Users of Netscape and Firefox may not like to see table cells with overflowing long texts (because of fixed column-widths), so I updated this FAQ to include the following code in the CSS style definition inside the <HEAD> tags or in the external CSS file:
Back to HTML, XHTML & CSS FAQ Index
Back to HTML, XHTML & CSS Forum
Join Tek-Tips® Today!
Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.
Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:
- Talk To Other Members
- Notification Of Responses To Questions
- Favorite Forums One Click Access
- Keyword Search Of All Posts, And More...
Register now while it's still free!
Already a member? Close this window and log in.
Join Us Close