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  1. #1
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    Handling multiple values in a table cell (suppressing blank values)

    I often have tables which are displaying short, structured, data but also need to include some "comments". I normally place these on a second TR row, and COLSPAN the columns to accommodate them.

    The problem arises when I have multiple such comments, I want to display one-per-line, and I want to suppress any that are blank. I can do this in the database query, but its all "quite a lot more FAFF" and I wondered if there was a CSS way that would do this easily?


    I have an HTML template like this:
    <td>&nbsp;</td><td colspan=3><b>Header Comment:</b> [HeaderCommentValue]
    <b>Item Comment:</b> [ItemCommentValue]
    [HeaderCommentValue] and [ItemCommentValue] tags will be replaced by the actual data from the database.

    I've tried a couple of things, but I'm not sure what is "good HTML" (embeddeing <P> or <DIV> inside <TD> for example) nor of anything else that might work better

    <td>&nbsp;</td><td colspan=3><b>Header Comment:</b> [HeaderCommentValue][color red]<br />[/color]
    <b>Item Comment:</b> [ItemCommentValue]
    <td>&nbsp;</td><td colspan=3>[color red]<p>[/color]<b>Header Comment:</b> [HeaderCommentValue][color red]<br />[/color]
    [color red]<p>[/color]<b>Item Comment:</b> [ItemCommentValue]
    The <p> tags give me some additional vertical padding, which I don't really want (but could probably solve with a TD P style in CSS.

    I've tried using
    <TD style="white-space: pre-line")
    which works well, particularly where I just have the [ValueTag] replaced by data (without any "<b>Heading</b>") but I'm stuck on how to suppress the Heading if there is no Value (clearly I can do that in programming, but if there was a way to do it with CSS or similar I could avoid having to faff with programming every time I encounter this issue)

    Given the data:
    HeaderComment ItemComment
    Header1 Item1
    Header2 (blank)
    (blank) Item3
    What I'm currently getting is:
    Item: (blank)
    Header: (Blank)

    I'd like to wind up with


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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    Not really, unfortunately. CSS doesn't have anything specific for "null" or "empty" content. Your best bet is to handle this issue on the server side.
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    Senior Member Ronald Roe's Avatar
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    2 ways to go about this. You're going to have to test for a null or empty value. You can either do that on the server side or in the browser. The best option is to do it server side, though you can use JS to check if an element has or lacks a given internal value and set its visibility to hidden.
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