Help:Columns

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colbegin and colend[edit]

To create columns in an article one may use {{colbegin}} and {{colend}}. Note that this is not supported by Internet Explorer version 9 and below or Opera version 11 and below — see {{Div col}} for details. This example uses {{lorem}} to generate placeholder text.

{{colbegin}}
{{lorem}}
{{lorem}}
{{colend}}

produces:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.


You can also use {{col-begin}}, {{col-break}}, and {{col-end}}. But don't use this variety to set lists in columns, because {{col-break}} breaks the list up, which is a problem for accessibility.

As such:

{{col-begin}}
{{col-break}}
{{lorem}}
{{col-break}}
{{lorem}}
{{col-break}}
{{lorem}}
{{col-end}}

creates

CSS[edit]

MediaWiki:Common.css defines the following styles:

  • "div.columns-2", "div.columns-3", "div.columns-4" and "div.columns-5" which need to contain a "div.column"

Templates[edit]

CSS3 multicolumn support[edit]

CSS3 multiple-column layout browser support
Property Internet
Explorer
Firefox Safari Chrome Opera
column-width
column-count
≥ 10
(2012)
≥ 1.5
(2005)
≥ 3
(2007)
≥ 1
(2008)
≥ 11.1
(2011)
columns ≥ 10
(2012)
≥ 9
(2011)
≥ 3
(2007)
≥ 1
(2008)
≥ 11.1
(2011)
break-before
break-after
break-inside
≥ 10
(2012)
No No No ≥ 11.1
(2011)

The templates {{div col}} and {{divbegin}} use a feature in CSS3 that is implemented in:

See also: Template:Reflist#Browser support for columns

See also[edit]