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Columns are not supported by some older browsers, most notably Internet Explorer 9 and earlier and Opera 11.0 and earlier. See Template:Reflist § Browser support for columns for more information.
CSS3 multiple-column layout browser support
Property
Internet
Explorer
FirefoxSafariChromeOpera
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)
≥ 65
(2019)
≥ 10
(2016)
≥ 65
(2016)
≥ 15
(2013)
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This template uses TemplateStyles:
The div col (short for division columns) formats a list into columns that wrap at multiple screen resolutions responsively. It automatically breaks the available screen space into equal parts, meaning, for instance, that it is not necessary to guess how many columns to use and then figure out the dividing point(s), e.g., the halfway point to divide the list into two columns, or the one-third and two-thirds points to divide the list into three columns.
Usage
Basic usage
{{div col}} <!-- default width is 30em --> * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h {{div col end}}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
Parameters
There are six parameters for this template:
|colwidth=
Specifies the minimum width of the columns so that the number of columns is automatically based on screen width (that is, more columns will be shown on wider displays). If no value is supplied, the template uses a default of 30em. The width can be specified in any CSS unit of measure, for instance, the em (about the width of the capital "M" of the displayed typeface), e.g., colwidth=20em.
|rules=yes
Adds vertical lines ("rules") between the columns if set to yes.
|gap=
Specifies the space between the content of adjacent columns, in any valid CSS width unit, e.g., gap=2em. The default spacing (set by browser) is 1em.
|class=
An HTML class, or multiple space-delimited classes, to apply to the columns. For example, class=plainlist nowrap.
|style=
CSS styling to apply to the columns.
|small=yes
Sets font size to 90%.
|content=
Content to apply to the columns. This parameter is effectively equivalent to {{columns-list}}, which is a pass-through for this template.
Examples
Colwidth
{{div col|colwidth=10em}} <!-- column width of 10em --> * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h {{div col end}}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
Rules
{{Div col|colwidth=10em|rules=yes}} <!-- column width of 10em with rules --> * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h {{Div col end}}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
Gap
{{Div col|colwidth=10em|rules=yes|gap=2em}} <!-- column width of 10em with rules and a gap of 2em --> * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h {{Div col end}}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
Small
{{Div col|small=yes}} <!-- Small = yes --> * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h {{Div col end}}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
Content
{{Div col|colwidth=10em|content= <!-- content parameter doesn't need {{div col end}} --> * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h }}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
Multiple parameters
{{Div col|colwidth=10em|rules=yes|gap=2em|small=yes}} * a * b * c * d * e * f * g * h {{Div col end}}
Produces:
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
Text characters without list markup
{{div col|colwidth=10em}} <!--Text characters without list markup --> a b c d e f g h {{div col end}}
Produces
a b c d e f g h
Lorem ipsum
{{div col}} <!--Lorem ipsum --> {{lorem ipsum}} {{div col end}}
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.
Limitation
Sub-lists
The underlying CSS system is unable to break sub-lists into columns. Note the uneven formatting below:
{{Div col|colwidth=10em|rules=yes|gap=2em|style=column-count:3|content= * a * b * c ** c.d ** c.e ** c.f * g * h }}
Produces:
  • a
  • b
  • c
    • c.d
    • c.e
    • c.f
  • g
  • h
Turning off the break-inside: avoid-column; rule appears to help.
Tracking categories
TemplateData
This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.
TemplateData for Div col
Breaks a list into columns. It automatically breaks each column to an equal space, so you do not manually have to find the half way point on two columns. The list is provided by |content= or closed with {{div col end}}.
Template parameters
ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Column widthcolwidth
Specifies the width of columns, and determines dynamically the number of columns based on screen width; more columns will be shown on wider displays.
Example
30em
Stringoptional
Rulesrules
Produces vertical rules between the columns if set to yes.
Example
yes
Stringoptional
Gap sizegap
Specifies the space between the content of adjacent columns.
Example
2em
Stringoptional
HTML classclass
Specifies any class or multiple space-delimited classes.
Example
plainlist nowrap
Stringoptional
CSS stylestyleSpecifies any custom styling.Stringoptional
ContentcontentSpecifies the content to divide into columnsContentoptional
Small fontsmall
Use a smaller font size (90%)
Example
yes
Stringoptional
Redirects

See also
Column-generating template families
The templates listed here are not interchangeable. For example, using {{col-float}} with {{col-end}} instead of {{col-float-end}} would leave a HTML "div" (division) open, potentially harming any subsequent formatting.
Column templates
TypeFamily
Handles wiki
 table code?
Responsive/
Mobile suited
Start templateColumn dividerEnd template
Float"Col-float"YesYes{{Col-float}}{{Col-float-break}}{{Col-float-end}}
"Columns-start"YesYes{{Columns-start}}{{Column}}{{Columns-end}}
Columns"Div col"YesYes{{Div col}}{{Div col end}}
"Columns-list"NoYes{{Columns-list}} (wraps div col)
Flexbox"Flex columns"NoYes{{Flex columns}}
Table"Col"YesNo{{Col-begin}},
{{Col-begin-fixed}} or
{{Col-begin-small}}
{{Col-break}} or
{{Col-2}} .. {{Col-5}}
{{Col-end}}
Can the columns handle the wiki markup{| | || |- |} used to create tables? If not, templates that produce these elements (such as {{(!}}, {{!}}, {{!!}}, {{!-}}, {{!)}}) or HTML tags (<table>...</table>, <tr>...</tr>, etc.) will need to be used instead.
The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Div col/doc. (edit | history)
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Last edited on 14 February 2021, at 23:20
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