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Re: [css3-multicol] How to avoid scrolling up for next column

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:43:57 -0700
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <C95641D2-5379-4496-9521-165D24CF85AB@gmail.com>
To: Peter Moulder <peter.moulder@monash.edu>

On Aug 22, 2010, at 1:40 AM, Peter Moulder wrote:

> Regarding column width, one could of course specify column width in ems,
> but we found that it's best if there are an integer number of columns
> per viewport: after all, there's pretty much no value for just a partial column
> to be visible, so rather than show N columns you might as well show N or N+1.

It seems to me that for horizontal scrolling, it might be good to have a partial column showing, as a visual indication that there is more there. This is especially helpful on a device like the iPad, where there is no scroll indicator visible until after you start scrolling, and where scrolling an area like that will end up showing partial columns anyway until you get to the end (where, thus, the perfect alignment of the right side of the column is an indication that you've reached the end).

> Something else we've found when playing with multi-column layouts (but which we
> haven't looked into carefully) is that the ideal space between columns is
> actually sub-linear in font size: i.e. if you make the font size k% larger then
> the gap between columns should be larger too but by less than k%.  I haven't

I'm sorry, but I didn't understand that last sentence, and didn't find anything in the study about gap size,
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