what is col group and how do i use it.

  • Good question. Never even heard of them! Darryl Hein over 9 years ago

4 answers


The best way to describe this is to select a series of cells in a column in Excel and apply a style or font effect. The effect is, essentially, the same. You can use it to apply different formatting to different columns.


Answered over 9 years ago by Nathan DeGruchy

It's strange w3schools says col and colgroup are supported by all browsers but I couldn't get either of them to work in Firefox or Safari. What's the consensus? Should we or shouldn't we be using these tags?

Answered over 9 years ago by Galen King

w3schools is your friend. A good example and demo to try out how it works -> http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_colgroup.asp

Answered over 9 years ago by VirusMinus

Out of interest (I've never heard of colgroup) I had a look at testing that tag on w3schools, and the colgroup tag doesn't even seem to function. Anyone else found this?

I'm using Firefox 3.5.2, Mac.


"None of the Mozilla-based browsers implement COLGROUP and COL as per html 4.01 specs"

Make sure that any styling you use with this tag is not essential to your website working!

Answered over 9 years ago by Russell Bishop