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Re: [css3-lists] Allow alphabetic numbering to be treated as symbolic

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2010 20:56:14 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad1001021856o29604ce8m2be79447ae9a1f87@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Belov, Charles" <Charles.Belov@sfmta.com>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>, Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:41 PM, Belov, Charles <Charles.Belov@sfmta.com> wrote:
> I note that choosing number style
> A, B, C... in Microsoft Word produces AA, BB, CC for the 27th through 29th
> items, so this would be a potential issue for any document converted to HTML
> from Word. While I am not suggesting CSS should conform to Word, neither
> should CSS be hostile to its conventions.

Oh wow, I had no idea Word did that for alphabetic numbered lists.  I
had assumed it used the same progression as Excel column labels (the
Z,AA,AB,AC… series).

Since Word is indeed using the Z,AA,BB… series, I think it's important
to support that in CSS.  There's not really a good reason to limit it
to just the capital English letters, of course, as long as there's a
good way to extend this to everything (at the very least, extending it
to the lowercase english alphabet should be possible).  Your suggested
*-symbolic naming scheme seems like a reasonable way to handle this.

~TJ
Received on Sunday, 3 January 2010 02:56:47 GMT

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