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[css3-multicol] How to avoid scrolling up for next column (or for navigation)

From: Jarno Suni <mrlynx@bigfoot.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 19:18:56 +0200
Message-ID: <459E8880.8020408@bigfoot.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

I think "column-count: auto" is a promising option to show same web
content in viewports of different sizes. To ensure that user never has
to scroll up for next column, I think one way is to define a new paged
media type for computer screens (and possibly separate one for handheld
devices).

The size of a page would have to adapt to the size of viewport
automatically. Maximum length (or height) of a column would be
determined by the available vertical space in viewport, but the last
column might continue in the next page, of course. Programmer or
user would specify the preferred column width for easy reading; ideally,
the column width would depend on font size, I think. Some coulums could
be specified as navigation bars that would be visible permanently or
could be hidden if more space was needed to show the main content. There
should be a way to make the navigation bars visible promptly, if they
are hidden. Do you think this make sense and could be implemented in CSS
and browsers?

Btw. I think it would be nice, if browsers would let you adjust viewport
width for each tab individually. That way you could read even raw web
pages using convenient column width. (I have posted Usenet message
<zgjfh.382$mW4.199@read3.inet.fi> about this.)

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