Hi Richard,

> I've got a <div> containing a set of <span><checkbox><label></span>
> sort of thing.

OT, and not to throw a spanner in, but I assume if you're doing that,
you have an ID on every checkbox and a `for` on every label (so the
labels know what checkbox they relate to). You can avoid that and
ditch the span as well:

    <label><checkbox>Label text</label>

That will automatically associate the label with the checkbox, no IDs
or `for`s required.

Re the sorting:

> So once the client has tidied the display, I know how many columns I
> can have to fill.

Do you know this before you create the grid? Or do you have to create
the grid before you know how many columns you have, and *then* sort

-- T.J. :-)

On Jul 1, 11:57 pm, Richard Quadling <rquadl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1 July 2010 21:28, Alex McAuley <webmas...@thecarmarketplace.com> wrote:
> > If I was tackling this I would attach a class and id to the spans and select
> > them all then find out all of the widths of each span as a number then sort
> > them into high to low / low to high then redraw them all .. Prolly not the
> > most efficient but it would work.
> > If you are using php you could do this without javascript based on strlen of
> > the text that sits in the span and sort() / usort() the array then loop it
> > ...
> The widths are dependent upon the font, size and styling being used,
> not under my control.
> The size of the display isn't under my control.
> So all of this is done in realtime on the client. Chrome is WAY the
> fastest in this and is not really noticeable.
> IE and FF are quite slow, but I've not yet optimized the code.
> So once the client has tidied the display, I know how many columns I
> can have to fill.
> The example I provided is dummy data and without the JS to do the calc.
> I'm stuck on the algorithm for sorting the data the way I want. I can
> see that I need to tag the spans if I want to sort them, but I can't
> work out what the sort mechanics need to be.

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