Re: Proposal For Outline Markup Scheme For HTML 3.0

Benjamin C. W. Sittler (
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 10:00:07 -0600

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From: (Benjamin C. W. Sittler)
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 1995 10:00:07 -0600
In-Reply-To: (Keith Rettig)
To: (Keith Rettig)
Subject: Re: Proposal For Outline Markup Scheme For HTML 3.0

Outline-style lists would seem to me to be entirely a presentation issue.
For example, collapsed lists might be specified like this:
<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Collapsed Outline Demo</TITLE>
OL, UL, DL : List.Style = accordian
OL.OPEN, UL.OPEN, DL.OPEN : List.Style = expanded
OL.CLOSED, UL.CLOSED, DL.CLOSED : List.Style = collapsed
</STYLE -- It is necessary to have both OPEN and CLOSED versions because
           of inherited styles. This assumes a CSS-like stylesheet
           language, and should probable say so in the <STYLE> tag...
           i.e., <STYLE NOTATION=CSS>... my apologies. -->
<H1>Collapsed Outline-Style Lists</H1>
  This document contains several accordian-style (sp?) lists.
Non-stylesheet browsers should, of course, render them fully expanded.
Also, note that the <LH> (List Header) is shown in place of a collapsed
  <LH>This is the first list. It is initially expanded.
  <LI>Item 1
  <LI>Item 2
        <LH>Note that the third list item <em>is</em> a collapsed list!
        <LI>Item 3.1
        <LI>Item 3.2
        <LI>Item 3.2
  <LI>Item 4
  <LH>This is the second list. It is numbered, and closed initially.
        <LH>Note that this list will be visible immediately when the
            outer-level &lt;OL&gt; is expanded.
        <LI>1.3 (Numbers would actually be generated automatically by the
rendering software... the stylesheet might also include a line to make
numbering inherit.)
        <LH>This list would be still be collapsed when the outer-level
list is expanded.
          -- oops! that's </OL> (I'm typing this a line at a time, sorry
  <LI>Item three.

Any comments?

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