Re: Proposed extensions to HTML

Kent Fitch (
Sat, 19 Nov 1994 10:40:23 +1100 (EST)

On Fri, 18 Nov 1994, Michael Johnson wrote:

> >> <OL>
> >> Your average ordered list counts 1, 2, 3, ... etc. We have also
> >> added the TYPE tag to this element to allow authors to specify
> >> whether the want their list items marked with: capital letters
> >> (TYPE=A), small letters (TYPE=a), large roman numerals
> >> (TYPE=I), small roman numerals (TYPE=i), or the default numbers
> >> (TYPE=1).
> Again, style sheet maybe. In the markup, no way.

As a humble HTML-spec user with no particular axe to grind, I personally
find this one of the most beneficial Netscape changes. Often in the
content of a document it is handy to be able to describe a reference to a
prior or following point (as in "see para 3 iv below"). Now, this can be
done using ANCHOR TAG references, and by explicitly indenting and labelling
paragraphs yourself (ie, by not using ORDERED LISTS at all), but I think the
proposed OL changes are neater and save work.

Kent Fitch Ph: +61 6 276 6711
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