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Addition to OL type

From: Jan Jachnik <jan_jachnik@compuserve.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 22:26:14 -0400
To: HTML editor <www-html-editor@w3.org>
Message-ID: <199708212226_MC2-1DD9-5220@compuserve.com>
Dear Editor,

A suggestion:
Could we have another OL type of say "." to be used for legal numbering of
paragraphs, where the result would be the same as type="1" but with the
full hierarchical number displayed as in 3.2.4.1

This would not be difficult to implement as the browsers already manage to
keep track of nested lists. The only problem I forsee would be in allowing
enough of an indent or overhang to fit in a potentially long string.

Would it also be possible to add some sort of typographical style to the
numbering, as in (1). This would enable a standard numbering to be
unambiguous when more than 5 levels of headings are used - currently
impossible with only IA1ia available all in a single style. Indentation is
the only way of preventing ambiguity. Personally I think that authors
should rewrite rather than use so many heading levels, but I have been
processing documents which quite frequently have as many as 8 levels.

Keep up the good work. The HTML4 spec looks good.

Regards,

Jan Jachnik
Received on Thursday, 21 August 1997 22:26:39 GMT

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