The CSS reference

"empty-cells" - css property (v. css 2)

  • In the separated borders model ('border-collapse' : separate), this property controls the rendering of borders and backgrounds around cells that have no visible content.
  • Empty cells and cells with the 'visibility' property set to 'hidden' are considered to have no visible content.
  • Initial value: show
  • The property is inherited
  • HTML usage: 'table-cell' elements
  • Browsers that support the empty-cells - property :
    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Opera Google Chrome Apple Safari

Possible empty-cells values:

Values Comments CSS
show Borders and backgrounds are drawn around/behind empty cells.(normal cells) 2
hide No borders or backgrounds are drawn around/behind empty cells 2
inherit Will inherit the value(s) from parent specification. 2

Property "empty-cells" example:

<html  >
    <script type="text/javascript" >
    <style   type="text/css">
      table { height: 200px; width:300px; }
      td {empty-cells: hide;
          border: 10px green inset;}
  <body >
    <table  >
      <tr >
        <td >This cell is not empty </td>
        <td >This cell is not empty</td>
        <td >This cell is not empty</td>
      <tr >
        <td ></td>
        <td >This cell is not empty,
          but left and right cells are empty</td>
        <td ></td>

Javascript access:

// To SET values ([o] is the target object)
[o].style.emptyCells="empty-cells value"
// To GET values you must first get the computed style object
// To get that object in IE or Opera:
var cStyle=[o].currentStyle;
// To get that object in Firefox, Chrome or Safari (w3c-type):
var cStyle=window.getComputedStyle([o],null)
// To GET the property value:;
var value=cStyle.emptyCells;
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