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Re: Against 'start' and 'value' attributes

From: Daniel Glazman <glazman@netscape.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 13:20:09 +0100
Message-ID: <3E6C82F9.3020604@netscape.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

Etan Wexler wrote:

> The XHTML 2 specification should not include 'start' and 'value'
> attributes.
> The strongest argument for the 'start' attribute is the
> interrupted list. In this case two list elements, separated by
> other elements, serve to represent what is in abstraction a
> single list. In order to best deal with this situation, we may
> indeed want an attribute, but not 'start'. What is necessary,
> rather, is a reference from the continuing element to the
> previous element in the same list. We could call such an
> attribute 'continues' or 'previous'.

I disagree. If I receive a text with questions numbered 1 to 6 in a list 
and only have answers to 2 to 4, I may want to start a list with start="2".

Not all instances of lists with a start index > 1 are continuing lists.

The "let's do that with CSS" answer is not more satisfying. The fact 
that the list's numbering starts at 2 instead of 1 is not purely 
presentational but also content-related.

Received on Monday, 10 March 2003 07:20:09 UTC

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