Multicolumn text formatting is one of the most common features of desktop publishing. In addition to creating attractive pages in a variety of formats, multiple columns let you present your text using shorter, easier-to-read lines. HTML page designers have longed for the ability to easily create multiple text columns in a single page, but they have been forced to use various tricks, such as multicolumn tables (see Chapter 17).
Netscape 4 neatly solved this problem with the unique
<multicol> tag. While fancy unbalanced
columns and straddling are not possible with this tag, as they are
with tables, conventionally balanced text columns are easy to create
<multicol>. And while this capability
is available only with Netscape 4, the
<multicol> tag degrades nicely in other
multiple columns of text and lets you control the size and number of
<multicol> tag can contain any other
HTML content, much like the
<div> tag. All
of the content within the
<multicol> tag is
displayed just like conventional content, except that Netscape 4
places the contents into multiple columns instead of just one.
<multicol> tag creates ...