Ordered list syntax.

Lou Quillio public at quillio.com
Sun Mar 28 13:19:57 EST 2004

On Mar 28, 2004, at 12:38 PM, John Gruber wrote:

> 2.  (X)HTML Transitional
> where the *only* Transitional elements I'm even considering are the
> `start` and `type` tag attributes.

Yeah, they're really the only ones.  It's such a shame that this issue 
exists at all.

Fwiw, I just now tested 'start' and 'type' with a Strict doctype under 
IE6/Win, IE5.2/Mac and Firefox0.8/Win&Mac, and they all rendered the 
list customizations as expected.  Gecko surprised me.  Evidently, not 
all quirks are quirks.

I wonder if you can't forge ahead with them.  Sure would be easier.  Is 
there a major user-agent out there that refuses those attributes even 
when you've told it to?  If there isn't -- and if good-quality intel 
suggests none are planning to -- it might be worth issuing a caveat and 
taking a wait-and-see flier in this one case.

The only downside appears to be that the W3C validator throws a shoe, 
since the Strict DTD doesn't know those attributes. Anybody who cares 
critically about that still has the options of declaring Transitional, 
not using the MD syntax that generates those attributes, marking things 
up longhand ... or writing their own DTD :)


Lou Quillio
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