Tip-of-the-day: Columns in CSS

The CSS Multi-column layout module is a Candidate Recommendation that allows CSS to specify various aspects of column layout for page flow. It has some implementations in Chrome and FireFox but it does not work in IE yet. (I’ve not tested it on other browsers). Because of this you have to specify the Webkit and Mozilla extensions in the CSS. e.g.

  column-width: 300px;
  -moz-column-width: 300px;
  -webkit-column-width: 300px;

To show you what it can do, I’ve created some small simple examples using a list of cities, a poem and some prose. (The links open in new windows. You are encouraged to look at the page source too)

Without Columns With Columns

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