Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: Allow StartsWith/ContinuationOf on OrderedList?
| <orderedlist id="list1"> 1 | <listitem>...</listitem> 2 | <listitem>...</listitem> 3 | <listitem>...</listitem> 4 | <listitem>...</listitem> 5 | <listitem> | <orderedlist id="list2"> 1 | <listitem>...</listitem> 2 | <listitem>...</listitem> | </orderedlist> | </listitem> | </orderedlist> | | <orderedlist id="list3" continuation="continues"> 6 | <listitem id="citem">...</listitem> 7 | <listitem>...</listitem> | </orderedlist> | | What is the proper value for the numeration of listitem "citem"? | | Cannot be "5", I feel obligated to offer the document author | some way to assert that it is "5", since that is a reasonable | thing for the author to want to do. If you mean 6, the markup so asserts. How not? It is NOT reasonable for for it to be 5 in the absence of some other distinction between lists 1 and 3. (and confusing even if there is) | I can think of two options: | | 1. Add a "StartsWith" attribute to OrderedList so that the author | can set the starting number explicitly. Yes, let's do it. | Pros: simple; solves the problem; offers additional flexibility, | can be used to start list numbering arbitrarily (and | independent of) continuation. | | Cons: it's fragile, if the author does this to get the value "5" | in the preceding example, and then adds a new listitem to | "list1", "list3" will still begin at 5. Which is apparently what he wants, because it should be 6. | 2. Add a "ContinuationOf" attribute which is an IDREF to the list | which the author would like to continue. | | Pros: robust; solves the problem | Cons: slightly more complex; less flexible, you can't just number | a list starting at 37 because you like the number 37. | | I prefer 2. I suppose we could add both 1 and 2, but we've | generally tried to resist solving problems that people didn't | claim to have (yet). Should be a ulink, not an IDREF. | If we elect to go with option 2, then we should probably | deprecate and then remove "Continuation". No, continuation is the easy thing. But it's all a good topic for face-to-face. BTW, are we resolved not to go to summer camp again this year? regards, Terry
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