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I have a document that uses the multicols package to create a 3-column layout with three sections inside. For the first column, I have two sections followed by a column break. For the second and third columns, however, I want to have a section span the width of both the columns. Is there an easy way to do this?

Here's a diagram of what I want the layout to look like:

Col1 Col2 Col3
--- | --------
--- | --------
--- | --------
--- | --------

Edit: Posted answer below.

  • Do you want to typeset your whole document in this way, or do you just need it for a single page? – Jake Oct 23 '11 at 3:31
  • So would it be fair to say that you want a two-column layout, separated into 1/3 and 2/3 of the page width? – cmhughes Oct 23 '11 at 4:22
  • @Jake I'm only using it for part of a page (by using \begin{multicols}{3}). – squidbear Oct 23 '11 at 4:22
  • @cmhughes Yeah. – squidbear Oct 23 '11 at 4:23
  • 2
    I think this has already been tried here and here – cmhughes Oct 23 '11 at 4:36
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After doing more searching, I discovered that the parcolumns package is able to do what I want.

Preamble:

\usepackage{parcolumns}
\usepackage{lipsum}

Document:

\begin{parcolumns}[sloppy, rulebetween, colwidths={1=0.3\textwidth, 2=0.6\textwidth}, distance={0.1\textwidth}]{2}
\colchunk[1]{%
    \lipsum[1]
}
\colchunk[2]{%
    \lipsum[1]
}
\colplacechunks
\end{parcolumns}

Note: The flowfram package looked promising, but using parcolumns (at least for me) worked better for this.

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