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Re: OL starting with zero

From: George Lund <george@lundbooks.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 16:05:48 +0000
Message-ID: <X+IOKPMc3eo8IAhS@lundbooks.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org
In message <3CA0C67D.4050305@hixie.ch>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 
>I would love to hear any comments you have on this draft and how it 
>should be improved.

I was wondering why list numbering was taken out of HTML and put in CSS 
in the first place?  Numbering is usually vital to the content of the 
document, not the particular presentation scenario.

For example, quotes from a document often rely on the numbering used and 
the document is fundamentally changed if the type of numbers/symbols 
used is altered.  The infinity of possible user stylesheet interactions 
could make finding references impossible - no two systems would have to 
agree on which section had which number (or letter, or Roman numeral).

The numbering systems used in a document are part its 'style' in the 
same way as writing style - neither should/can be separated off into a 
stylesheet. When talking about CSS should we not restrict the term 
'style' to mean presentation suggestions, rather than alterations to 
basic document content?

George Lund
Received on Wednesday, 27 March 2002 11:07:34 UTC

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