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Hello,

I was not sure where to post this. Since I am a premium member, I thought I might as well try here. emoticon

In the past, I fine-tuned my message boards to have what I thought was an ideal screen size, so that they would fit well into both the average and larger displays (usually pc monitors). However, since I upgraded to a much larger wide monitor myself, I notice that some of my boards apparently have a finite (limited) width defined for the main table (where the forums and topics appear).

My ]WQ-WHQ Old Warrior board is an example of this. If you view it on a larger display, it is easy to see what I am talking about. The main table only stretches across about half of my monitor's width (or slightly more).

Maybe someone knows off hand exactly which particular setting affects this... OR, could it be that I somehow defined this in my custom CSS or html?

So, what I am really looking for is what type of code or setting do I need to seek out to make the table variable instead of finite. I am thinking I must have specified the exact number of pixels for the width, though I do not remember.

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Hi OldWarrior,

There are several ways to control the width of a message board. The example you give is width restricted to 740px in seven (7) places in your custom CSS.

If you go to your control panel and do a search for 740px you will find all the spots that need attention to convert the board to a variable width.

That said, you will also need to "tweak" some of those settings due to the way Runboard does it's layout...

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Hi OldWarrior,

quote:

I am thinking I must have specified the exact number of pixels for the width, though I do not remember.



You are correct. emoticon In addition to the CSS Rick mentioned, there is also this in your HTML:

<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="2" height="137" width="927">

As well as this:

<td height="133" valign="top" width="816">

You can remove the width and height from both of those. I don't know if there's a browser out there that will obey that height setting for a <table> or <td> when the content fills more than that, but if there are any out there that do, it would cause some display issues on those browsers.

I would also get rid of the tables completely and re-code it with <div>s, for reasons explained ]here, but this combined with what Rick said will at least give your board a flexible width. If you would like to recode it without tables and need some help, just give us a holler. emoticon

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I should probably point out that the article I linked to in my previous post is at least 5 years old, as I see it was last modified April 16, 2009. With more and more people using mobile devices, this is even more pertinent today. If you go to your control panel and re-size your browser so it's very narrow, you'll see that its layout is different than you'll normally see with a PC. What I did there with control panels can't be accomplished with <table>s. Although people can zoom in on mobile devices, it's easier for mobile visitors to navigate a page if they don't have to zoom in and scroll side to side.

Just food for thought, and like I said, just give us a holler if you want to re-code your boards and need help. emoticon

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Thanks for your replies.

I am fairly certain it would be best to rework the boards that use these methods.

One quick question: The side bars that I like to use, does the info in the article you reference work with, and/or well with, the side bar coding? I cannot remember entirely, but I think the side bars are the main reason I ended up using tables to begin with.

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I have a whole series of topics dealing with side bars ]over here.

The articles just show the bare minimum needed depending on the effect you want to end up with... All the codes given work on Runboard though after 2-3 years I could/should revisit them and see if they could use any updating...

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You're welcome, OldWarrior. emoticon

I think ]this one would work for you. I copied the code from that and put it up on jsfiddle ]here, so you can fiddle around with it there before trying it out on a board. emoticon

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You're welcome, OldWarrior. emoticon

I think ]this one would work for you. I copied the code from that and put it up on jsfiddle ]here, so you can fiddle around with it there before trying it out on a board. emoticon



Yes, that does look like what I want. Thanks again for everyone's replies. Now, if I can just discipline myself to get it done. emoticon

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