Julien Julien - 5 months ago 16
CSS Question

Two columns table : one as small as possible, the other takes the rest

I have a to-columns table in a div :

<div>
<table>
<tbody>
<tr>
<td class="action" >
<a> ✔ </a>
</td>
<td class="content">
<p>Bigger text...(variable size).......</p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="action" >
<a> ✔ </a><a> ✘ </a>
</td>
<td class="content">
<p>Bigger text...(variable size).......</p>
</td>
</tr>
... same structure in all the table
</tbody>
</table>
</div>


And I would like the "action" column to fit the content, and the "content" column to take the rest of available space. The "action" column would look better with a right align.
The table should also fit 100% of the container's width.

Is there a way of doing this without fixing the columns width ?

I tried with this:

table .action
{
width:auto;
text-align:right;
}
table
{
border-collapse:collapse;
border-spacing:0;
width:100%;
}


But the left column takes half of the table...

Answer

Giving the content td a 100% width will force it to take as much space as it can, so .content{ width: 100% } should work.

Also give the .action a white-space: nowrap to make sure the x and the checkmark stay next to each other. Otherwise the content will be able to take even more space and force the icons below each other.

table .action
{
    width:auto;
    text-align:right;
    white-space: nowrap
}
table .content { 
    width: 100% 
}
table 
{
    border-collapse:collapse;
    border-spacing:0;
    width:100%;
    border: 1px solid
}
<table>
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td class="action" >
        <a> ✔ </a>
      </td>
      <td class="content">
       <p>Bigger text...(variable size).......</p>
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td class="action" >
        <a> ✔ </a><a> ✘ </a>
      </td>
      <td class="content">
       <p>Bigger text...(variable size).......</p>
      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

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