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RE: OL needs the start attribute

From: Richard Norman <normri@samc.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 09:05:09 -0700
Message-Id: <sdafcfdd.071@samc.com>
To: <PeterF@SystolicNetworks.com>, <www-html@w3.org>

To all,
 
While backwards compatibility is desirable, it is not a necessity.  Look
at the method of doing headers using <h> and <section> tags.  This is
definitely not compatible with older browsers.  Also look at using the
Object tag for everything including images.  Older browsers (i.e. before
1999 when HTML 4.01 spec was done) may not support this option only.  So
think of XHTML 2.0 as a clean slate and a chance to cleanup HTML and
make it XML compliant.
 
And while Some things may be too late to be addressed, I would hope that
the Working group would consider some of these valid points before
finalizing the XHTML 2.0 document (DTD and XSD).
 
Sincerely,
 
Richard K. Norman II
Web/Application Developer
Saint Agnes Medical Center
 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Peter Foti (PeterF)" <PeterF@SystolicNetworks.com> 
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 8:55 AM
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: FW: OL needs the start attribute




> > List item labels are *part of content*. 
> 
> How something like this:: 
> 
> <ol numbers="auto"> 
>   <li>item 1</li> 
>   <li>item 2</li> 
>   <li>item 3</li> 
>   <li>item 4</li> 
>   <li>item 5</li> 
> </ol> 
> 
> gives: 
> 1. item 1 
> 2. item 2 
> 3. item 3 
> 4. item 4 
> 5. item 5 
> 
> <ol numbers="manual"> 
>   <li><n>1.</n>article 1</li> 
>   <li><n>2.</n>article 2</li> 
>   <li><n>3.</n>article 3</li> 
>   <li><n>3a.</n>article 3a</li> 
>   <li><n>4.</n>article 4</li> 
> </ol> 
> 
> gives: 
> 1. item 1 
> 2. item 2 
> 3. item 3 
> 3a. item 3a 
> 4. item 4 


The problem I see with this is that it's not backwards 
compatible.  In an older browser, this: 

<ol numbers="manual"> 
  <li><n>1.</n>article 1</li> 
  <li><n>2.</n>article 2</li> 
  <li><n>3.</n>article 3</li> 
  <li><n>3a.</n>article 3a</li> 
  <li><n>4.</n>article 4</li> 
</ol> 

would probably render as this: 

1. 1.article 1 
2. 2.article 2 
3. 3.article 3 
4. 3a.article 3a 
5. 4.article 4 


Regards, 
Peter 


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