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23.1. Introduction

The CSSS3 specification has laid out a new way for formatting Web pages with the introduction of the set of multi-column layout properties. Using multi-column layouts it is possible to arrange text and other elements on a page as if they were lines of newspaper columns. One of the advantages of using a column layout as opposed to a more traditional table layout (which can otherwise accomplish pretty much the same thing) is that the flow of text and other elements on the page progresses smoothly across the columns — where the text overflows one column, the rest automatically goes into the adjoining column. A comparable table layout would require the Web author to figure out where the text flow should end at the end of a column and begin at the next one.

The CSS properties in this family are designed to allow the Web author complete control over the following characteristics for the column layout:


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