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CSS3: Multi-column Demo for Firefox

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Since the beginning of web design, there has always been a need to make multi-columned text pages. Sadly HTML and CSS 1+2 has rather weak support for this kind of wrapping techniques. Many workarounds have been created for this using JavaScript and server side pages. But the draft specification of “CSS3 module: Multi-column layout” promises to solve this “column problem” by adding a set of CSS properties.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 beta adds preliminary support for these properties, so that developer can begin playing with it, not however that the reason the properties begin with “-moz-” is that the CSS3 Multi-column specification is still a draft, so therefore they should not be used for real web design yet, unless it can make a clean fallback when meeting non-mozilla 1.5+ clients.

I have created CSS3: Multi-column module demo for Firefox 1.5 beta – which shows some of the wonders of the new multi-column features, as well a some other CSS properties to create a nice flowing page with highly dynamic columns, and pretty stable compared to many of the older methods, but you need to use Mozilla Firefox 1.5 beta – which I would only recommend to Web Developers.

You can also check some screenshots of the demo, showing it’s ability to create as many columns as it can, while maintaining nice readability thru limited line-width.

CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 001 CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 002
CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 003 CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 004 CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.3b 001

Don’t believe the rumours, check the demo yourself here:

CSS3: Multi-column module demo for Firefox 1.5 beta

See more code samples at Mozilla Developer: CSS3 Columns.

A List Apart: Articles: Introducing the CSS3 Multi-Column Module

MIT $100 Laptop

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

MIT's $100 Laptop [5/5] Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations.

MIT's $100 Laptop [1/5] Negroponte, who laid out his original proposal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, said MIT and his nonprofit group, called One Laptop Per Child, is in discussions with five countries — Brazil, China, Thailand, Egypt and South Africa — to distribute up to 15 million test systems to children.

See link for full story..

The $100 laptop moves closer to reality | CNET News.com

Giant Squid Filmed for the First Time

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) – The first photographs of a live giant squid — one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean — suggest it is a more active creature than previously thought, a Japanese scientist said on Wednesday. Giant Squid (Architeuthis)

Until now the only information about the behaviour of the creatures which measure up to 18 meters (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets.

But Tsunemi Kubodera, of the National Science Museum, and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both in Tokyo have captured the first images of Architeuthis attacking bait 900 meters below the surface in the cold, dark waters of the North Pacific.

“Up to now, giant squids were thought to be relatively sluggish squids that stay in deep waters without moving much … But we found out that they move around pretty actively,” Kubodera told Reuters in an interview.

First photos of giant squid show it very active | Reuters.co.uk

The Royal Soceiety | Official publication (PDF Link)

Starquake Cracks Star

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Smile! The universe just took a photo of itself, producing the brighest explosion ever observed by man outside of the milky way.

geekroot’s dad writes “Space.com is reporting that a huge ‘starquake’ releasing as much energy as our sun does in 250,000 years, has cracked a nearby neutron star. The magnetar produced the brightest explosion ever seen by man outside of the milky way. Although it is 50,000 light-years away, the blast was so huge it temporarily blinded some satellites and briefly altered Earth’s upper atmosphere!”

Slashdot | ‘Starquake’ Cracks Star

Voyager at the Edge of our Solarsystem

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Yay! Send more probes!

dalmozian writes “NASA’s Latest News about the Voyager 1 is being run on Sci-Tech. The Voyager has passed into the border region at the edge of the solar system and now is sending back information about this never-before-explored area, say scientists at the University of Maryland. From the article: ‘Voyager 1 and its twin spacecraft Voyager 2 are now part of a NASA Interstellar Mission to explore the outermost edge of the sun’s domain and beyond. Both Voyagers are capable of returning scientific data from a full range of instruments, with adequate electrical power and attitude control propellant to keep operating until 2020.’” The proof of crossing the termination shock was covered earlier this year but now we can see the actual data.

Slashdot | Voyager 1 Sends Messages from the Edge