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The LaTeX multicol package

Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

The multicol package implements multiple columns of text (up to 10) in the multicols environment and balances the length of the final columns for a nice appearance. The package permits both single- and multicolumn formats on the same page. It places footnotes across the bottom of the page rather than under each column. (Thus, it is incompatible with the ftnright package.) Note that within the multicolumn environment, only page-wide floating elements are permitted and not those in a selected column.

After the package has been added to your document, a debugging option is available through the Options and Packages command on the Typeset menu. The use of the multicol package can occasionally cause LaTeX errors related to line spacing and footnote numbering in SWP and SW documents. The package is installed in the TCITeX/TeX/LaTeX/required/tools directory as part of the Standard LaTeX Tools Bundle.

Last revised 12/10/06

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