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how to show a long description in a jtable ?

naved momin
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
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i have a requirement where my user enter a long description about a product or tender , but when i display that in a jtable then only half part is displayed and rest is shown in this way ....
with dots
can you suggest me a alternative where i can show this description in full details the way my user have entered it ?

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Riaan Nel
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Joined: Apr 23, 2009
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Why not show the full description in a tooltip popup when the user hovers over the description column?

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Darryl Burke

Joined: May 03, 2008
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Custom renderer/editor that uses a JTextArea.

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Avi Abrami
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Joined: Oct 11, 2000
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Hi Naved,
I suggest attaching a JPopupMenu to the table cell containing the description.
The popup menu would have a "Show All" item.
Choosing that item would display a dialog window with a scrollable JTextArea displaying the entire description.

Also note that if you try the tooltip option that Riaan suggested, I suggest you use HTML to format the tooltip text because you may end up with a tooltip that stretches wider than the screen which would result in still not being able to view the entire description.
(Speaking from experience :-)

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Rob Camick
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I like the tool tip suggestion.

Otherwise if you want to see the entire text you need to change the width of the column. However I would only use this approach when you have a reasonable maximum size, say 30-50 characters. If you are going to enter multiple sentences then you need another approach. the Table Column Adjuster can do the column resizing automatically.
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