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Re: List styles - a wish list item

From: Grzegorz Staniak <gstaniak@golem.umcs.lublin.pl>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 15:59:49 +0200
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <19980603135819Z5821-28173+70@helios.man.lublin.pl>
Hello to all,

I noticed this "list-style wish-list" thread and I would like to ask for your 
opinion about an idea brought forward by some people on a Polish 
newsgroup, namely, a property that would enforce alphabetical order on 
unordered lists. The idea is to make things easier for the author, who would 
be able to just prepare a list, and then have it rendered in order by entering 
a CSS rule into a stylesheet. Possibly, the order could be reversed, too.
Obvious difficulties with this approach include the need to store (or 
retrieve from the system - are there such resources available in operating 
systems?) tables/arrays specifying the alphabetical order for a large 
number of languages; delays in document rendering, especially for long 
lists etc. I'm not sure CSS is the best place for this kind of functionality, 
since it's more a HTML tree transformation than application of style info. 
Perhaps browsers could offer a "sort lists" switch somewhere in their 

What is your opinion? Is implementation of such a feature faesible, and if it 
is, is it worth the effort? Myself I think a utility (external or built in an editing 
environment) is a better idea, if only because of the unevitable delays in 
the parsing and rendering of HTML documents, but I lack experience 
necessary to assess the value of such an idea.


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