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Re: Extensions of CSS for horizontal layout / columns

From: Neil St.Laurent <neil@bigpic.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 11:26:59 -0600
Message-Id: <199708181721.LAA01480@underworld.bigpic.com>
To: Douglas Rand <drand@sgi.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org
> > height: <length> | <percentage> | auto
> property "height" (you did know that it's there?) for setting sizes on 

Yeah, it's just missing <percentage> that's all.

> > float: left | right | top | bottom | none
> top == top of page/column?  This is a reasonable thing to add,

A lot of these suggestions are really only necessary if there is 
pagination/columns or the content flows left-right rather than 

> > clear: none | left | right | top | bottom | all
> What does clear mean in this context?  For the left/right floaters,

If something is floating at the top then clear=top would mean move 
over until you are past the top floating element.  Again without 
columsn or left-right flow top/bottom is meaningless.

> and have the padding/margin/border/background/etc. apply to that
> pseudo-element?

Yes, a pseudo-element is a better idea.
> It might be better to have two properties,  one for widows and one for
> orphans...  just a comment.  Or have keep-together take two parameters,
> one for each,  and the second = first by default..

That seems reasonable.
> breaks.  Doing what you're suggesting doesn't,  IMO,  add a useful
> way of presenting documents.  It does open up the possibilities of
> really awful layouts.  About the only good use I could imagine would
> be a matrix of pages,  which might be another reasonable browser 
> option..

I think it adds a really useful way of displaying documents in 
languages that don't use top-down flow.  There were plenty of 
examples given of eastern languages and even egyptian languages I 
believe that flow left-right.

If the internationalization of the standards is to hold then I think 
this should really be considered.  Obviously for the English language 
it wouldn't really be sensicale to have left-right layout.  However, 
there is an example that would make good use of it, here's a URL to 
what I mean:


There are good reasons why a horizontal layout would be preferable.

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