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Fit views to window or table width

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It's a pain to try to format views on the Web using the formatting available from Notes. Domino doesn't automatically set the table width on the view, so the content is all clustered together. Here's a tip to get the view/table to fit the width of the window or region it is within, so all of your views can look consistent.




  1. Create your view.

  2. Count the number of non-hidden columns in the view (include response columns in your count).

  3. Count the number of non-hidden columns in the view. Include response columns in your count. Categorized twisties should be counted separate from the data.

  4. Insert a new column as the very first column with this formula. (This example uses seven columns and spaces between parent docs. You should use the number of columns you determined in step #2. Row height for spacing can be customized as needed.

    REM {Tricky HTML added to force 
    the view to fit to the window on the Web. }; 
    REM {The colspan must match the
     number of columns in the view including 
    responses. (Categorized twisties 
    should be counted separate from the data.) 
    The width helps NS follow the code better. 
    The height provides spacing between rows.};
    colspan_count := "7";
    colspan_width := "550";
    colspan_height := "4";
    dont_show_when := @IsResponseDoc;
    
    REM {Explanation: Close this cell, add a 
    cell that spans the number of columns 
    in the view, close the row, start a new row, 
    open the first cell of the row.};
    @If( dont_show_when; " "; " ")
    
  5. Preview your view on the Web. Your view will now virtually render as width=100%. You can embed the view inside a fixed width table if you don't want it to fit the window.
Note: Alternating row colors will not work properly when using this technique. I didn't have time to play to find a way. If you find a way, please e-mail me the code!

FYI: My tip regarding using a stylesheet to control the style of view headings works great with this technique!


MEMBER FEEDBACK TO THIS TIP

Um, isn't there some code missing from this tip? What possible good could code like this do:

@If( dont_show_when; " "; " ") 
It doesn't do anything, but the comment right above it indicates that it should do a whole lot.

-- John W.

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This code will never work. It does nothing but assign values to variables which are then never used. There's definitely some missing code here.

-- SearchDomino.com member

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This was first published in August 2003

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