How to fix size of layout cell for large database text field?


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Guest

I have a HUGE block of text, which represents play-lists for radio shows I
have broadcast, as well as the original comments I made concerning these
shows. The list represents about 4 years worth of weekly shows, so it is very
large. During a redesign of my webpage, I have decided to have this playlist
page be displayed in a main area of a two-frame frames page. So it has less
space now to be viewed, and much of the text is running off to the right. I'd
like to arrange this so visitors don't have to scroll to the side. I have
tried to enter layout cells and tables in the widths I think are appropriate,
but every time I paste the text into them, they enlarge to the original size
of the text, which is sort of counter-productive, you see? I would greatly
enjoy anyone's advice about how to fix the size of these tables (maybe even
show me how to make them set at like 80%, instead of a pixel size?) or how to
get this type of text displayed properly. I would REALLY hate to have to type
it all back in manually, it seems there is probably a better way. The
original page is viewable at: http://home.mchsi.com/~itde You will want to
view the playlists section at that time. The new page is not yet published,
but is a simple frames page, with the left frame occupying about 25% of the
left hand side. Thank you! --DaveX--
 
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Guest

I removed the pre-align tags, which fixes the inital intro text I have, but
more or less leaves everything else intact. I am searching for a way to force
this VERY long string of text to remain visible in a main frame, without
right-scrolling. I figure this means I need to make the text only occupy the
left 75% of the page. Can I just set a really huge margin or something?
--DaveX
 
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Guest

You were correct, I DID elmininate the scroll. I also managed to convert the
lists into huge blocks of text with no real visible order... everything
pretty well gets run together! Look, if I have to go and manually re-enter
all this stuff, so be it, but I am guessing there is a much better way...
right??

DaveX
 
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Guest

Thank you for your help, Kathy... I am aware of the <p> tag... I guess I was
looking for something a bit more elegant. Then again, it IS a Microsoft
program, ha ha. I'll just have to do it the hard way, and go "spacing" and
"returning" through a mess of text... it's nothing new, I guess I just
thought there might be an easier solution.

Also, does it not strike you as rather pointless to have a feature such as
layout cells, when they just resize anyway? Doesn't this seem sort of
contradictory to anyone but me?

DaveX
 
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Thomas A. Rowe

This is not a MS or FP issue.

In HTML there is not such thing as fixed maximum width setting for tables/cells. A cell/table will
always expand to fit the item largest width that can not be wrapped.

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Bob Lehmann

I am aware of the said:
looking for something a bit more elegant. Then again, it IS a Microsoft
program,

What do propose that would be more elegant than a <p> tag?

Maybe you should try it in DreamWeaver so you could see that the result is
the same - ha, ha

Bob Lehmann
 
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Guest

Gee, Bob... I think it would be far more elegant to just drop a line down the
middle of the page, and have the text know well enough not to go past it. And
maybe to wrap itself decently in the process. That's what I'd expect from the
largest software company in the world, Bob. Instead, I get to sit there and
drop a cursor onto the first line of every bit of text, hit delete, and match
everything to my margin. Sure, it works... but it's hardly the sort of
ease-of-use one might expect from a poweful program.

And let's face it, I'm sure I'm not the only person who has looked at one of
MS's crazy/busy interfaces and wondered if they just weren't overlooking a
simple command amongst all the *^%!, right?

DaveX
 
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Bob Lehmann

Gee, Dave... It's called a table.

BTW, text doesn't know anything, it only does what it's told.

And let's face it, learning a little bit about the things you are trying to
do, instead of relying on all those crazy/busy interfaces to do things for
you, goes a long way too.

Bob Lehmann
 
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