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11.2. layout-flow Property

The layout-flow property is designed to set the flow of text on the page. By “flow,” we mean how successive words are laid out on a page, either horizontally, as with most Western languages, or vertically, as in many Asian languages. This property was first introduced in Internet Explorer 5.0 and continues to work in subsequent versions of this browser. This property has been deprecated in favor of the equally browser-specific writing-mode property, but it serves as a good introduction to the subject of laying out Asian character sets.

It has two values: horizontal (which is the default) and vertical-ideographic. The horizontal value is familiar to anyone reading this book: text flows from left to right, and from the top down. The vertical-ideographic setting is designed for dealing with Asian character layout, and sets the flow of the text from top to bottom, with subsequent text appearing to the left of the first line of characters.


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