Text typically falls into a single column on the majority of websites - the user reading down the page. The only scroll motion therefore is downward.
I've been experimenting recently with the CSS3 Column rule to split textual content into two columns. As a result the page length is shortened significantly, however it does require that the reader scroll back to the top after they have finished reading text in the first column, so that they may continue onto the second.
Whilst how much of a scroll is required depends on the amount of content itself and the users window size, I can't help but think this hinders the user experience (I do of course include an auto scroll to top button of the column, but still).
Does anyone have any experience (i.e gathered any data) in using column based layouts for textual content?
Is a column based layout too far removed from the expected behavior of a page? (therefore having a negative impact on UX)
If you know of any studies that have been conducted into this, please do share also.