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Subject: HTML question about table cells and text
Category: Computers > Programming
Asked by: lampware-ga
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Posted: 24 Jan 2005 19:06 PST
Expires: 23 Feb 2005 19:06 PST
Question ID: 462780
Can text be written vertically in a html table cell instead of horizontally?

Say the cell contained "hello world".  Instead of seeing it
horizontally it should be displayed vertically with the "h" at the
bottom and the "d" at the top.
Answer  
Subject: Re: HTML question about table cells and text
Answered By: googleexpert-ga on 25 Jan 2005 21:27 PST
 
Hi lampware-ga,

Here is the an example of the flip function using example table cells (td):

<script language="JavaScript">
function flip()
{

var t= document.getElementsByTagName("td");

///~->for different tags, change as necessary
//var t = document.getElementsByTagName("h2");
//

for(var j = 0; j < t.length; j++)
{
if(t[j].id == "vert")
{

text = t.item(j).innerHTML;

len = text.length;
verttext = new Array(len);
for(var i = 0; i < len; i++)
{
verttext[i] = text[i]+"<br />";
}

t.item(j).innerHTML = verttext.join("\n");
}}
}
</script>
<body onload=flip();>

<h2 id="vert">hello world</h2>
<hr>
<h2 id="vert">hello world: the sequel</h2>
<hr>

<table>
<tr><th>One</th><th>Two</th></tr>
<tr><td colspan=2 id="vert">hello world</td></tr>
<tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td id="vert">hello world: the sequel</td></tr>
</table>
</body>


Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks.

-googleexpert

Clarification of Answer by googleexpert-ga on 25 Jan 2005 21:39 PST
Please ignore the first answer.
This clarification with corrections (charAt function) 
should work in all browsers.
I have only tested Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox

<script language="JavaScript">

function flip()
{

var t= document.getElementsByTagName("td");

///~->for different tags, change as necessary
//var t = document.getElementsByTagName("h2");
//

for(var j = 0; j < t.length; j++)
{
if(t[j].id == "vert")
{

text = t.item(j).innerHTML;

len = text.length;
verttext = new Array(len);
for(var i = 0; i < len; i++)
{

verttext[i] = text.charAt(i)+"<br />";
}

t.item(j).innerHTML = verttext.join("\n");
}}
}
</script>
<body onload=flip();>

<h2 id="vert">hello world</h2>
<hr>
<h2 id="vert">hello world: the sequel</h2>
<hr>

<table>
<tr><th>One</th><th>Two</th></tr>
<tr><td colspan=2 id="vert">hello world</td></tr>
<tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td id="vert">hello world: the sequel</td></tr>
</table>
</body>

Request for Answer Clarification by lampware-ga on 26 Jan 2005 06:01 PST
I could have done this with lrulrick-ga recommendation.  I want the
font actually rotated 90 degrees so it is in landscape mode/look.

Request for Answer Clarification by lampware-ga on 26 Jan 2005 08:44 PST
I just tried in Firefox on Linux and the font is not rotated 90 degrees.

Clarification of Answer by googleexpert-ga on 26 Jan 2005 23:18 PST
I am a bit confused right now...

As you said: 
"I could have done this with lrulrick-ga recommendation.  I want the
font actually rotated 90 degrees so it is in landscape mode/look."

I have emulated the same effect (automatically) with the javascript code
I provided.

I don't have Linux to test this code, but I am confident it should work
without any problems.

Can you post any edits to the code I posted?

Thank you.


-googleexpert
Comments  
Subject: Re: HTML question about table cells and text
From: lrulrick-ga on 24 Jan 2005 21:01 PST
 
Yes,
if after every letter you add the <br> code you may then have what
appears to be a vertical word instead of horizontal

end code would look like this:

<table  summary="">
	<tr>
<td>
h<br>
e<br>
l<br>
l<br>
o<br>
<br>
w<br>
o<br>
r<br>
l<br>
d<br>
</td>
		
	</tr>
	
		
</table>

for a single celled table.
Subject: Re: HTML question about table cells and text
From: pratap_r-ga on 25 Jan 2005 04:39 PST
 
try this, 

<TABLE>
<TR>
	<TD STYLE="writing-mode: tb-rl;filter: flipv() fliph(); ">hello world</TD>
</TR>
</TABLE>

the styles will take care of making the text vertical :-)

Have Fun!
Pratap
Subject: Re: HTML question about table cells and text
From: lampware-ga on 25 Jan 2005 08:18 PST
 
Pratap's answer only works on IE 5.5 & 6.0

http://www.corecss.com/properties/property.php?Name=writing-mode

I need an answer that works with all browsers!
Subject: Re: HTML question about table cells and text
From: ipreferpi314-ga on 25 Jan 2005 19:46 PST
 
I know that there is a special code you can write in CSS that tilts
the text 90 so that it's vertical.

Here is the code:


<!-- Place this code between your <HEAD> and </HEAD> tags -->
<style>
<!--
.verticaltext {
writing-mode: tb-rl;
filter: flipv fliph;
}
-->
</style>

then while doing the table, write....
<td class=verticaltext>yada yada yada</td>

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