Help wanted: Webkit multi-columns

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I’m writing about the CSS3 Multi-column layout module and I notice that WebKit supports a series of proprietary properties: -webkit-column-break-after, -webkit-column-break-before, and -webkit-column-break-inside. However, despite the documentation saying that they’re implemented in Safari 3+, I can’t seem to get any of them to work.

Has anyone reading this ever seen an example of these in action? I’ve searched for demos but have found nothing. If you know anything about this, please leave me a comment; your help would be gratefully appreciated.

4 comments on
“Help wanted: Webkit multi-columns”

  1. Hi Peter,

    I’ve been working with this extensively on my current book project. Give me a call to talk it over.


  2. Thanks for the brief chat, Andy, very useful.

    In summary: they don’t work.

  3. Yep, don’t work, unfortunately. I’d love it if you’d check out my post Deal-breaker Problems with CSS3 Multi-columns at

  4. Thanks Zoe; I read your post, and agree that there are probably too many differences between implementations at the moment; the specification needs to become more specific!

    Let me add that I have a copy of your book here at home and it’s really useful, so my compliments on that.