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Re: newspaper-style columns

From: Garth Wallace <gwalla@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 21:51:53 PDT
Message-ID: <19980512045154.3440.qmail@hotmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
>Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 06:08:47 +0300 (EET DST)
>From: Jukka Korpela <jkorpela@cc.hut.fi>
>To: www-html@w3.org
>Subject: Re: newspaper-style columns
>On Mon, 11 May 1998, Dmitry Beransky wrote:
>> I've searched around trying to understand why there aren't any 
>> for newspaper style columns in HTML.
>There are. Since HTML is, by design although of course not perfectly,
>a medium-independent hypertext markup language, it has provisions
>for a wide variety of media, current and future. Displaying an HTML
>document with newspaper style columns is certainly not a trivial task,
>but it is basically a problem of user agent design.

Netscape already did this with the <MULTICOL> tag. If you must add 
multicolumn layout, it is fairly easy to use and degrades well in 
non-supporting browsers.

The only problem with MULTICOL is that the functionality really belongs 
in CSS rather than HTML. Perhaps the folks in charge of multicolumn 
layout in CSS could adapt this otherwise well-thought-out tag to a CSS 
property or group of properties.

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