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The way to do this is is to not specify the width in the <table> tag but in a <td> tag. This way the table will shrink if needed but never get wider than the specified width of the <td>. If you also want to set a "minimum" width then a transparent .gif ( or if space allows, another fixed width table) could be used to in a cell to set the minimum desired width.

Example:

<table>
  <tr><td width="600" bgcolor="#ccccff">
     This table should have a maximun width
     of about 600 and a minimum width of 300
  </td></tr>
  <tr><td>
     <table border="0" width="300">
       <tr><td> </td></tr>
     </table>
  </td></tr>
</table>
Richard has some info about this at: http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/rf/tricks/fixedmenu.htm

chan555


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