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    Burt Abreu Guest

    Using Javascript to trim some text to length


    I'm wondering if someone can help me with a bit of javascript. The
    intelligent half of our team is off on other jobs (and you guessed right if
    you figure I'm not that half) and I thought I might be able to get some help
    here and make this small change myself. If you go to you'll see at the bottom of the page the 'Newest
    User Submissions' box. I don't like the fact that the long lines wrap and
    was wondering if I can just insert a bit of script that will snip the lines
    to a certain length. In a total pseudo and clueless example here is
    basically what I;d like

    If the category column can hold say 17 characters without wrapping I'd like
    to have a small script to take something like this

    Files, Folders And Directories

    and turn it into this

    Files, Folders...

    I know I could just rename everything but that isn't practical since the
    title, name and category are used in other places where the length is not a
    problem so I don't want to end up with illegible coded names to fit
    everything in. (I guess I can steal a page from Outlook and put the text in
    a 'Title=category name' so they can get the full name on mouseover -at least
    in IE)

    The values I need to 'chop' are ##title, ##Name, and ##CategoryName which
    are inserted from the database. Here's the pertinent code.

    <TD><a href="show.asp?id=99&itemid=##id;">##title;</a></TD>
    <TD width="100"> <a
    <TD width="120"> <a

    If there is some simple way of doing this (more pseudo stuff) ala

    <a href="show.asp?id=99&itemid=##id;"><script>chop (17,

    that'd be great.

    Thanks a lot,

    Burt Abreu

  2. #2
    Burt Abreu Guest

    Re: Using Javascript to trim some text to length

    Fixed it, no need to respond -assuming you were going to.

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