Re: Multi column layout question.

Paul Prescod (
Mon, 26 Jun 1995 18:42:35 -0400 (EDT)

> I am not testing or writing Arena/HTML3, but a column element seems simple
> to implement, and would provide many options in formatting a page.

There is your mistake. HTML is explicitly not about formatting pages. It
is about describing the structure of a document to a computer. Other
formats (perhaps used in conjunction with HTML) must describe its
formatting. This is the point behind style sheets. They are external
documents that describe the desired format of a document.

> Options
> that I don't see available in:

Hopefully you will never see formatting options in HTML. HTML 3.0 provides
a mechanism for specifying external style sheets. That is where you
should put your columns. Not in HTML.

Paul Prescod