Today I needed to put one line of possibly long text into table. So text may be wider than table cell. In that case client needs to see end of that text because it contains more important data. What is worse my cell width depends on client resolution so I cannot trim text on server. Here is simple illustration:
There is CSS text-overflow property that can end text that can visualize by ellipsis (“…”) that text is longer than element size so it overflows element and is hidden. That is fine for text has more important part on the beginning. But what about text that has more important part on the end? It would be better to show ellipsis on left side, right?
Unfortunately it is not possible nowadays, there is only outdated draft of such function done by W3C. It would allow you to define behavior for both sides of text.
Other possibility are various CSS hacks, like this one, or this one, or … They are based on nasty tricks and suffer for many problems. One is common to all of them - they are using clipping by rectangle so text which is on border is clipped too. For example it cuts letter O so it looks like bracket. That is confusing, so this way was not feasible for me. See first example on image above.
Adds hidden element whose width is same as maximal text width into page
Walks through all elements that may possibly overflow
Put text (stored in data- attribute) that should be displayed into hidden element
Shorten it by one letter as long as text is longer than hidden element