No Control over Grid or Column Widths in a GridView with displaying XML data

No matter which properties I try to adjust, my gridview extends well past  the page width boundary of 988px, I am trying to set.

My application is reporting on changes made to an Access DB which I am storing in an XML file.

There are 8 columns in my Grid but the ones that, my guess, could be causing the problem are OldValues and NewValues.

I am not parsing the data in these columns because there are many tables involved and I just want to have a simple audit trail of

what changes were made to any of the tables.

Obviously, these two columns are variable in length  and in some cases are close to 1,500 characters in length.

This problem occurs both in IE (7) and Firefox (2.0) although it is more pronounced in Firefox. 

For example,  the Gridview extends 2 ½ screen widths in FF and  1 ½ widths in IE.

If, however, a page is rendered where there rows involved do not have long character counts in their OldValues/NewValues columns,

the grid will render to 988px.

I have a css Stylesheet that tries to set the screen width to 988px.

I’ve tried setting the whole Gridview to 988 px , setting the individual template labels to specific widths.

But no matter what I do, nothing seems to alter the rendering of the page.

Anyone have any ideas how I can control the width of the Gridview and keep it to a maximum of 988px?


Here is the source code involved:



body { background: White;
    font-family: Sans-Serif,serif;
    font-size: 11pt;
    text-align:left; table-layout:fixed;
    margin: auto;


         <asp:GridView AutoGenerateColumns="False" ID="GridView1" runat="server"
         DataSourceID="XmlDataSource1" Style="position: relative"
         Caption="Table Changes" CaptionAlign="Top"
         AllowPaging="True" AllowSorting="True" Font-Bold="False" PageSize="6">
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Table Name">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label5" runat="server"
                        Text='<%# XPath("tablename")%>'> </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="True" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Table Key Value">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label5" runat="server"
                        Text='<%# XPath("tablekeyvalue")%>'> </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="True" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Old Values">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label6" runat="server"
                        Text='<%# XPath("oldvalues")%>' > </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="False" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="New Values">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label7" runat="server"
                        Text='<%# XPath("newvalues")%>'> </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="False" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Updated By">
                         <asp:Label ID="Label2" runat="server"
                         Text='<%# XPath("username")%>'></asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="False" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Update Date">
                         <asp:Label ID="Label3" runat="server"
                         Text='<%# XPath("auditdate")%>'></asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="False" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Update Time">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label4" runat="server"
                        Text='<%# XPath("audittime")%>'> </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="False" />
                 <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Comments">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label5" runat="server"
                        Text='<%# XPath("comments")%>'> </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="True" />
             <PagerStyle Font-Bold="False" />


   <asp:XmlDataSource ID="XmlDataSource1" runat="server"
        DataFile="~/App_Data/XMLAuditFile.xml" XPath="//dbchanges"
        TransformFile="~/TMMaint/SortAuditFile.xsl" >



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
  <xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes" />
  <xsl:strip-space elements="*"/>
  <xsl:template match="*">
      <xsl:for-each select="@*">
  <xsl:template match="dbaudit">
      <xsl:for-each select="@*">
      <xsl:for-each select="dbchanges">
        <xsl:sort select="auditdate" order="descending"/>
        <xsl:sort select="audittime" order="descending"/>        
        <xsl:apply-templates select="."/>
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5/19/2007 1:50:20 AM

Try applying a css to your label.

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Old Values">
                        <asp:Label ID="Label6" runat="server" CSSClass="clsFixedWidth"
                        Text='<%# XPath("oldvalues")%>' > </asp:Label>
                     <ItemStyle Wrap="False" />


the style




You could try the other overflow values "scroll" and "hidden" and see what fits your needs.


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5/19/2007 3:42:23 AM

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