Flowing Rich Text in Columns

CSS3 Approach

CSS-only approach, found here.

  • - Limited browser support, but may be enough. Should have good 1-column failback for unsupporting browsers.
  • + Very easy to implement.
  • + Works with Webflow's Rich Text Element.
  • + Supports margin gap and margin rule styling.


#columns {

-moz-column-count: 3;

-moz-column-gap: 2em;

-moz-column-rule: 1px dashed #aaa;

-webkit-column-count: 3;

-webkit-column-gap: 2em;

-webkit-column-rule: 1px dashed #aaa;




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  • So this is a test
  • Let's see how this works

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Other approaches ( no DEMO yet )

jQuery approach


All of these lists are created and edited in the Webflow's Designer / Editor. They are converted to nested lists when the page loads.

  • Top-level item files that are stored in your site assets  
  • > Level 2 item
  • >> Level 3 item
  • Vegetables
  • > Broccoli
  • > Carrots

How to implement

Use the Video link in the top menu for a complete walkthrough.

01 The basic process

Add your CSS to your Site

  • Add WFU to your Site, with the CSS and JS links.
  • Identify any Rich Text Elements or standalone List Elements where you want nesting support. Tag those elements with a custom attr of wfu-lists=all.
  • Create your lists. Prefix any list item with a > to indent it, or with a + or - to identify it as a PRO or CON. These can be combined.

02 Tips and best practices

  • Though there is no restriction, it's generally best not to skip levels at the start of lists, e.g. > to >>>.
  • PROS and CONS can be styled to meet your needs. Likely, WFU themes and cloneables are coming at some point to help simplify this.

03 Styling PROs & CONs

The easiest way to do this in the Webflow designer is to create a separate LIST Element, outside of a Rich Text Element. In this form, you can apply classes directly to individual list items.

A default list will contain 3 items,

  • Select the first item, and create a CSS selector in webflow of wfu-pro.
  • Style that item as you like, especially color.
  • Select the second item, and create a CSS selector in webflow of wfu-con.
  • Style that item as you like, especially color.
  • In your published site, you'll be able to see how this looks in your generated list.
  • Unfortunately Bullet changes must be created in CSS or STYLE elements, as the Webflow designer doesn't support custom bullets in the designer.
  • This is the style for a PRO list item, created using the markup +
  • This is the style for a CON item, created using the markup -
  • This is the style for list items that are neither PRO nor CON