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[css3-columns] Ambiguous term "constrained" for column-fill

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 07:24:18 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600906091224s188c481ax409265a18053c0dc@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
The spec says "In continuous media, this property will only be consulted if
the length of columns has been constrained. Otherwise, columns will will
automatically be balanced."

What exactly does it mean for column length to be constrained? Clearly an
outer page height or outer column length can constrain the column length,
but if the columns' content fits into a shorter length, are these columns
actually "constrained"? For example, if I have a large page containing
<div style="column-count:2; column-fill:auto;">Hello<br>Kitty</div>
is the content balanced or is it all placed in the first column?

Similar questions apply to "min-height", "height" and "max-height". Do they
count as "constraining" column lengths, and are they "constraining" whenever
they're specified, or only when the column element height is actually
affected by those values?

Rob
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