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Old August 30th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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Default [Discussion] - Crazy or Odd .NET Hacks

So I was sitting at my desk minding my own business working on a client's website when I needed to integrate some Server Controls into the UI, no big deal.

So I pull the code the designer had used for the mockup and looked it over and came up with this requirement:
I had to replace a text box and an image with a TextBox and an ImageButton. 10 minutes tops.

Well, these 2 particular elements needed to be enclosed within a User Control so the code that had to be dropped into the user control looked like:

      <td width="100" 
          <div align="center">
           <input name="search" type="text" id="search" size="10" />
        <td width="42">
         <img name="go_button"
              src="image.gif" width="42" 
              height="32" border="0" id="go_button" alt="Go Button" />
No problem. So I replaced the textbox and image with a TextBox and ImageButton control, saved it, viewed my page and, for some reason, the UI was blown out 2px. >< I narrowed it down to the image button and tried changing all the relevant properties (width, height, etc) to no avail.

Ok. I replaced the image button with an html image button but, again, the UI was blown out 2px. At this point I was mildly frustrated. Unforunately, I couldn't simply wrap the image in an anchor tag as I needed the control to post back and do some processing before I redirected to another page.

Ultimately I ended up doing this:
<asp:LinkButton ID="lbBtn" runat="server" OnClick="lbBtn_Click">
<img name="go_button" src="image.gif" width="42"
     height="32" border="0" id="go_button" alt="Go Button" />

So what about the rest of you, any crazy or otherwise odd hacks that you have had to employ to meet a requirement that you would like to share?

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Old August 31st, 2007, 08:28 PM
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Did you compare the resulting HTML for these various attempts? Have you used something like Firebug? That could give you the answer as to where the 2px offset if coming from.


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