Layout: Columnsstarted by Laurilahi on Aug 9, 2004 — RSS Feed
I wonder if there's any way you can split text in a webpage into columns like they are in newspapers.
This can be done with tables or css boxes but can it be done automatically, so that you don't need to do it manually?
Not until CSS3 comes along!
Unfortunately it doesn't work in IE (Mac) because it is unable to read the column height so you have to scroll to the bottom of the first column, back up to the top again, down, up to the top again and down again.
And all to make it 'look' like a paper newspaper!
I agree it's a little dodgy. I usually use Safari, so didn't notice how bad it is on IE 5 Mac. And I guess it's not very standards-oriented.
But I do like to read it on the web, as opposed to many sites with very wide or long columns. Hopefully CSS will eventually include text columns so that this type of design could be more easily accomplished.
I like it and look forward to CSS3 It would also make horizontally scrolling sites more viable. I know horizontal scrolling is a bit of a no-no because if your'e not careful it means having to scroll in both directions (clearly not desirable) but this approach would avoid the problem and some sites would suit it.
I once heard of an XML solution on a long-dead forum. The content was able to flow between columns.
You must login to reply