Re: images as bullets in <UL>

Marcus E. Hennecke (
Thu, 16 May 1996 14:34:19 -0700

Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 14:34:19 -0700
From: (Marcus E. Hennecke)
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: images as bullets in <UL>

On Thu, 16 May 1996 14:20:43 -0800, Charles Peyton Taylor <> wrote:
> I also looked at the object draft, but I don't think 
> <object> is the way to go because it not only does 
> images but also other things like quicktime movies,
> which I don't see as being good list bullets.

Well, allowing an object to be used as a bullet would potentially make
it possible to include the image data right there in the HTML itself.
Since bullets typically are small, this feature might actually get

> <ul type=disc src="redball.gif" alt="o"
> In this example, if I'm using a gui browser with 
> "auto-load images" turned on, the the UA should use 
> the image.  If I have it turned off, then it should use
> the disc.  If I'm using a text browser, then it
> should use the "o".

I somehow like the idea of having an ALT attribute for UL and LI. This
would allow one to do this:

  <li> First item
    <li alt="1-a)">First of first
    <li alt="1-b)">Second of first
  <li> Second item
    <li alt="2-a)">First of second

However, a different name than ALT may be desired.

The reason why I like putting item labels such as III-c in the <li>
element instead of in style sheets is because IMHO, they are definitely
content and not presentation. Having it as an attribute would allow a
search engine to search for item III-c without first having to apply
a style sheet. On the other hand, it would also still be possible to
search for the third subitem of item 3 because one would still be using
ordered lists.

Marcus E. Hennecke