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Columns? (Was Re: Proposal: font-size: auto)

From: Daniel Beardsmore <public@telcontar.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 18:01:48 +0100
Message-ID: <466ED17C.3070202@telcontar.net>
To: www-style@w3.org

David Woolley wrote:
> ...   Moreover, it is painful to use because it also implies
> the need to scroll the content continually from side to side, which is 
> even more frustrating than having to scroll two column PDFs vertically
> backwards and forwards.

Off topic, but, I was curious that no-one paid any attention to my thoughts 
on CSS3 columns, not even the view that columns of that variety should be 
restricted to paged media only. I am glad that someone else finds vertical 
text columns on a VDU to be painful.

I don't think that the present column use on the Web is in any way related 
to the CSS3 columns proposal. CSS3 columns is a way to represent typesetting 
columns, which is good for paged media to keep line length down and in doing 
so, provide a neat way to fit multiple articles onto a single side of paper 
(not something the Web should be doing at all with paged media).

Two-dimensional space division, something sorely lacking in CSS up to 3 (Cf 
Advanced Layout Module) is wholly unrelated and I don't want to see it 
connected with columns for line length.

Even when it comes to line length, the idea of using columns on a VDU is 
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