CSS3 Columns

Depending on the browser you are using, you might or might not see four columns in the following piece of gibberish:

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This is an example of the multiple column capability of CSS3. If you don't see columns, then your browser isn't yet able to support CSS3 columns and that's the dilemma you face. To know which browsers do or do not support this new feature of CSS, take a look at this compatibility table.

For the above example, I placed a simple piece of CSS as Page Code Injection:

.col4 {

-webkit-column-count: 4;

-moz-column-count: 4;

column-count: 4;


and placed the text as a Raw HTML object between surrounding DIV markers, thus:

<div class="col4"></div>

Of course, I could have used inline CSS, as follows:

<div style="-webkit-column-count: 4;-moz-column-count: 4;column-count: 4;></div>

The advantage of the CSS3 approach is that it is very simple; the disadvantage is that you might run up against older browsers. You pays your money and takes your choice.

For more information on CSS3 multiple columns, see this W3schools.com page.

© David Neale 2011