MULTICOL specifies that all contained text will be displayed in multi-column
format. All columns will have the same width and data should be spread evenly
across each of the columns to achieve roughly equal column heights.
This attribute indicates the number of columns the
contained data will be split into. The browser should try to evenly
distribute the content evenly across each of the columns in order to
achieve roughly the same column height.
This optional attribute is supposed to control the width of
an individual column. All columns are always the same width, so the
overall width of a multi-column layout should be (as specified by Netscape):
(cols * width) + ((cols - 1) * gutter)
Through direct experimentation, this attribute seems to control the
TOTAL width of the column apparatus, not the width of each individual
column. The multi-column apparatus will remain left-justified if a
width results in an amount less than the overall browser window size.
If no WIDTH is specified, the default width is 100% [full screen width]
Values: Positive integer pixel values
or a percentage of the overall screen width.
This is multi-column layout text that should be distributed evenly
across 3 columns
This element is not a part of any HTML standard or draft and it never
will be. It is only supported by 4.x series Netscape browser versions.
Its use is not recommended.
Using the WIDTH attribute the way Netscape specifies is incorrect.
Use the WIDTH attribute to specify the overall width of the
Robustness in layout never seemed to be this element's strong point.
Centering a MULTICOL structure does NOT work reliably. Using the
Center, Div, Heading, P or table cell elements in conjunction with MULTICOL
can have adverse effects on layout.
Using WIDTH attributes that are too small will result in a multi
column layout where text runs into each other, thus making it unreadable.
Applying some CSS (specifically tested: borders) flattens MULTICOL display
to a single column.
MULTICOL structures are nestable, but this quickly becomes unreadable.
Character level formatting can serve as the parent of MULTICOL in Netscape,
but I chose to model this element with other block-level elements. Block
elements generally do not serve as content of character level elements.
Netscape 6+ does not support the original use of this element, but its
default stylesheet for browser rendering treats it like a block-level
element ("display: block") instead of just an inline element as it would by default.