Adobe introduced a proposal this week that would allow publishers to incorporate layouts similar to those used in magazines for websites.
Adobe is calling the new technology CSS Regions, and it will accomplish what the current CSS Multi-column Layout is unable to. Adobe is hoping to make CSS Regions the standard for websites digitally publishing magazine, newspaper and textbook layouts.
CSS Multi-column layout utilizes columns that are all the same dimension and are placed next to each other. The CSS Regions goes beyond these capabilities, the central concept of this specification being a region, which is like a column, without restrictions on its geometry and position, according to Adobe. Adobe’s proposal details how the CSS Regions will also define features for cross-region floats, text fitting and region-based styling.
CSS Regions will allow publishers to create a digital layout in which “content can flow from one area of the page to [the] next one without limitation of the area sizes and positions.”
Arno Gourndol, Adobe’s director of engineering for runtime foundation, said, “This proposal is intended to support sophisticated, magazine-style layouts using CSS.”
Adobe officially released the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite on March 7th. This technology, already adapted by Conde Nast, Dennis Publishing, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and National Geographic, allows publishers to “create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines…”