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[css3-multicol] Typos and related issues

From: Øyvind Stenhaug <oyvinds@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 19:49:02 +0100
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
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Status of this document, third paragraph (CR only):
"has been widely reviewed and ready for implementation. W3C encourages  
everybody to implement[...]"
doesn't look right (though this is apparently not the only spec with this  

It would be nice to have sub-headings for 'column-fill' and  
'break-before'/'break-after'/'break-inside' so the property names show up  
in the ToC

Example III:
"but the number and widths"
should be
"both the number and widths"

2. The multi-column model, third paragraph:
"if the appear; column rows only appear between columns that both have  
should be
"if they appear; column rules only appear between columns that both have  

Examples VIII through X and XX through XXIV:
These don't look right on my system, the text is too big and overflows all  
over the place. I don't have Arial installed and it seems the figures  
depend on particular font metrics for the hardcoded linebreaks to occur at  
appropriate points. Probably images should be used instead.

4. Column gaps and rules, first paragraph
"The length of the column gaps and column rules is equal to the length of  
the columns."
This makes no sense; I don't know what it is supposed to say. (Maybe that  
(in the inline progression direction) the lengths of the column gaps plus  
the lengths of the column boxes equals the length of the multicol element?)

4.5. 'column-rule', Value entry
should probably be
and I guess it makes sense for the other options to similarly refer to the  
individual column-rule-* properties too, and for the previous two  
subsections to refer to nonterminals without apostrophes i.e.  
column-rule-style using <border-style> and column-rule-width using  

Øyvind Stenhaug
Core Norway, Opera Software ASA
Received on Thursday, 18 March 2010 18:48:50 UTC

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