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Subject: Proposal for Consideration: Default Behavior for List Items

Per the action out of last week's meeting, I submit the following 
proposal for approval by the TC:

"By default, the rendering of list items is not affected the presence or 
absence of an initial paragraph element such that the markup <li>Item 
text</li> and <li><p>Item text</p></li> should be visually 
indistinguishable, all other variables being the same."

The <ol> and <ul> elements both provide a "compact=" attribute that 
indicates the desire for more or less space between list items.

We also discussed the issue that IBM's pre-OASIS markup design for step 
lists had rules for determining if a given list of steps should be 
compact or not lead to not providing compact= on <steps> but that steps= 
should provide compact= (because that particular behavior was too 
specific and there is no way to override it in the current markup 
design). It was agreed that adding compact= to <steps> would not create 
any backward compatibility problems.



Eliot Kimber
Senior Solutions Architect
"Bringing Strategy, Content, and Technology Together"
Main: 610.631.6770

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