In a move to bring magazine-style layout techniques to the Web, Adobe has released a prototype designed to let developers test out their new proposed formatting standard, dubbed CSS Regions.
CSS Regions would let designers and developers to create multi-column layouts, place text in various shapes, and make text flow around objects. These formatting features would be dynamic, changing as the viewing device was adjusted.
The idea is to bridge the gap between web and print publishing. "What we want is designers using InDesign to push a button and up comes HTML," Arno Gourdol, Adobe Director of Engineering said.