On the MS IBuySpy Portal the announcement and event modules use datalists to display entries in the<BR>corresponding DB tables. What i would like to achieve is that the data list will only show the first 100 characters or first 20 words (preferably) from the description column. I&#039;ll then create a link to a page that will display the full description listing from the table for the given entry. Does the ItemTemplate allow you to do such formating?<BR><BR>My other alternative is to add a colum to each table called DescriptionShort<BR>where the user defines their own shortened soundbite from the main description entry. Would rather do it the first way though.<BR><BR>any thoughts?<BR><BR>cheers,<BR><BR>si