[whatwg] Joined blocks

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jul 31 22:22:47 PDT 2008

On Fri, 1 Aug 2008, Shannon wrote:
> Something I think is really missing from HTML is "linked text" (in the 
> traditional desktop publishing sense), where two or more text boxes are 
> joined so that content overflows the first into the second and 
> subsequent boxes. This is a standard process for practically all 
> multi-column magazines, books and news layouts. It is especially 
> valuable for column layouts where the information is dynamic and 
> variable in length and therefore cannot be manually balanced. This is 
> not something that can be solved server-side since the actual flow is 
> dependent on user style-sheets, viewport and font-size.

I agree that this would be a useful feature for the Web platform. However, 
I believe the CSS working group is a better venue for exploring such 
options. I recommend forwarding your proposal to www-style at w3.org.

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