Re: Dump MULTICOLS, enhance DIV

David Perrell (davidp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 4 Jul 1996 13:58:18 -0700


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From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: RE: Dump MULTICOLS, enhance DIV
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 13:58:18 -0700

James Aylett wrote:

 > On Wed, 3 Jul 1996, David Perrell wrote:

> ...
>> Replace GUTTER with COLSPACE. GUTTER historically refers to the bound
>> white space between pages (there's a logical analogy here), not =
between
>> columns on a page. Someone expanded the definition in an Aldus =
Pagemaker
> ...
>Yes, but to be fair now that it's commonly used as that, it is =
effectively
>correct (that's how English evolves, after all :-)

Devolutionary deterioration. When meanings are diffused, communication =
becomes less precise. If the context is entirely different, as with =
gutter as a drain and gutter as the bound edge of two pages, there's no =
problem. But gutter as column spacing? This could be a source of =
confusion.

How about a new word? It's a column interval, right? A colin? Soundwise, =
there's a modicum of metaphorical correspondence, as in "white space =
flows through the gutter" and "white space flows through the colin." =
More seriously, it's memorable.

David