7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 26, 2015 6:22 AM by argus08

    reflowing column?

    argus08 Level 1

      I have a topic that is just an alphabetical list of supported file types, e.g.

      Is there any way to have these displayed in a reflowing column format, e.g. three or even four columns, to reduce scrolling and allow easy insertion/deletion of items? Google has failed me, so I think not...

        • 2. Re: reflowing column?
          Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Sorry for the oddness. Sometimes the forums have a hickey. I had a full reply but it simply would NOT allow me to post it. I see that from time to time and I'm not sure what causes it.

          • 3. Re: reflowing column?
            argus08 Level 1

            Thanks Rick

            I copied the example into my stylesheet as the following:

              p.columns {

              -webkit-columns: 100px 2;

                 -moz-columns: 100px 2;

                           columns: 100px 2;


            When I apply it to the list, in the RH editor it looks like this:


            I thought it might be reflected in the preview, but nah.

            What am I missing?


            • 4. Re: reflowing column?
              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              LOL, note that I didn't test it at all. Just was sharing a possibility.


              Also, RoboHelp preview is sometimes quirky. ESPECIALLY when you are doing something like this where RoboHelp doesn't offer a native way to accomplish something.


              You might want to try clicking the button in the top right corner of the preview and choose to preview in a web browser. You might be surprised at the difference.


              Cheers... Rick

              • 5. Re: reflowing column?
                argus08 Level 1

                Ha, yeah that didn't work. Do you see anything wrong with my css? I'm just getting my feet wet understanding css. I *believe* I created a paragraph called columns with the column property, and applied the column paragraph style in RH.

                Oh well, until/unless someone else chimes in, I'll leave the list as it originally was. This was just a nice-to-have idea. The possibilities in the article you referenced look interesting though, if we can figure out how to implement it!



                • 6. Re: reflowing column?
                  Amebr Level 4

                  I think you need to define your columns for a div and wrap that around your paragraphs.

                  div.columns {

                       -webkit-columns: 300px 2;




                  <div class="columns">






                  Also, note the browser requirements at the bottom of the page - it won't work in IE9 for example and probably not with the RH preview window.

                  • 7. Re: reflowing column?
                    argus08 Level 1

                    Thanks Amebr, that did it. I generated without the div first, to make sure it wasn't just a Preview thing, but it didn't work until I added the div. Of course, the client still supports IE9 (until September), so we can't use it for now, but it's nice to learn a new trick!