Jacob Adams Jacob Adams - 2 months ago 6
CSS Question

Replace HTML Table with Divs

Alright, I'm trying to buy into the idea that html tables should not be used, and that divs should be. However, I often have code that resembles the following

<table>
<tr>
<td>First Name:</td>
<td colspan="2"><input id="txtFirstName"/></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Last Name:</td>
<td colspan="2"><input type="text" id="txtLastName"/></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Address:</td>
<td>
<select type="text" id="ddlState">
<option value="NY">NY</option>
<option value="CA">CA</option>
</select>
</td>
<td>
<select type="text" id="ddlCountry">
<option value="NY">USA</option>
<option value="CA">CAN</option>
</select>
</td>
</tr>
</table>


I want the labels to be aligned and I want the controls to be aligned. How would I do this without using tables?

Answer

This ought to do the trick.

<style>
div.block{
  overflow:hidden;
}
div.block label{
  width:160px;
  display:block;
  float:left;
  text-align:left;
}
div.block .input{
  margin-left:4px;
  float:left;
}
</style>

<div class="block">
  <label>First field</label>
  <input class="input" type="text" id="txtFirstName"/>
</div>
<div class="block">
  <label>Second field</label>
  <input class="input" type="text" id="txtLastName"/>
</div>

I hope you get the concept.

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