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Tree presented lists (was: Suggestion)

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 19:31:59 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB50102A849@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
> From:	Joe Mansheim [SMTP:joemansh@interl.net]
> I would like to suggest a new type of list call a tree list.
> I think it would make structured information clearer to the reader.
[DJW:] The number of variations of list in HTML
has been cut back since its origins because browser
developers have failed to implement them.

Moreover, in the current situation, this would be
considered presentational, and therefore a job for
style sheets.  You can get pretty close to this with
style sheets at the moment - the main problem is 
continuing the lines down.  You could also alternate
background colours to show the nesting.

However, given the insistence of people on implementing
collapsing lists using scripted movement of individual
lines, and their general reluctance to use proper list
structures, even when one can implement quite good 
collapsing lists with a proper list structure in
the HTML, I can't see many people taking it up, even 
with style sheets.  (Part of the problem is the absolute
insistence on specific presentation, combined with a
requirement to support old browser, but there is a lot
of cut and paste coding as well.)

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