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Re: [css3-multicol] pseudo-algorithm

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:17:38 -0800
Message-Id: <EAE274BC-2D42-4D32-85E3-4A518D1A6908@gmail.com>
Cc: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>, HÃ¥kon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
To: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
On Feb 10, 2011, at 5:23 PM, Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com> wrote:

> In the long term, it seems reasonable to have a property that sets the minimum column-width. But, in the short term, it would be reasonable to establish a default value for that property, say 5 characters or 10 characters.

That just seems too arbitrary to me. MAYBE a one character minimum would be OK. But even then... I think it likely that columns won't always contain text. Maybe they contain tiny graphics that do something interesting when you hover over them. Maybe the author is just using columns to evenly divide spaces with gaps between them (in a way that beats how tables do it) and is absolutely positioning some things to the middle of each column. I don't think it is right to try to prevent creative use of what columns make possible, in order to pick an arbitrary amount that we think will be best for everyone's design. If there IS such a minimum set, then it is essential to allow author override. 
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