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[css-multicol] Referring to the multicol element / container #1965
In the current multicol Working Draft the element that has
I noted that people were often referring to it as the multicol container in the meeting, which matches how we talk about flex and grid containers.
The current definition is here.
It seems that it would make sense to describe the multicol element/container in the same way as flex and grid, raising this issue for discussion of that.
Makes sense. So something like this? A <dfn lt="multi-column container|multicol container" export>multi-column container</dfn> (or <em>multicol container</em> for short) is the box generated by an element whose 'column-width' or 'column-count' property is not ''column-width/auto'' and therefore acts as a container for multi-column layout.
I’m all for this. “Container” is now the defacto word for a parent element where the formatting context / layout method is changed. Multicolumn element sounds old and out of date. Multicolumn container sounds like “hey maybe I should take a look at that thing again.”
I'm happy to bring this up on a call and get a resolution for this, but I think in general a resolution should not be required for this kind of change. I'm assuming there is no normative requirement for implementations being modified here - it's just spec terms we're changing for clarity.
(and I'm +1 as long as well all agree never to coin a 'multicoltainer' term)
The Working Group just discussed
The full IRC log of that discussion<dael> Topic: Referring to the multicol element / container
<dael> github: https://github.com//issues/1965
<rego> no interop at all on this last issue; checking edge, chrome and firefox each one has a different output
<dael> rachelandrew: This is...it poss doesn't need a resolution. When we disucssed at the F2F fantasai noted there's confusion as to what we call the element. I'm proposing we call it the multicol container which matches flexbox or grid.
<dael> rachelandrew: I wanted to check if there are problems.
<dael> fantasai: I think it's a necessary change. It's not an element, it's a box.
<dael> rachelandrew: Cool. If people are happy, I'm working through the spec so this seemed the right time.
<dael> astearns: Comments or concerns?
<dael> Rossen_: Sounds like a good change.
<dael> astearns: Objections to using multicolumn container in the draft?
<dael> RESOLVED: Use multicolumn container in the draft
<dael> fantasai: new topic...back to grid.
…elements to refer to multi-column containers. Completes fix for #1965
Hi @rachelandrew, Tab and I made a couple changes to complete this issue (letting you know for future reference, if you need to change an exported term):