spaces and newlines before list markers (was: evolving the spec)

Michel Fortin michel.fortin at
Mon Mar 3 07:14:13 EST 2008

Le 2008-03-02 à 19:49, Aristotle Pagaltzis a écrit :

> This is actually my second biggest complaint with Markdown. As I

> understand, John was originally going to allow numbered lists to

> start at numbers other than 1, but then discovered that the HTML4

> WG labelled the `start` attribute of lists deprecated, so he

> removed this feature.


> I find the WG’s decision utterly baffling and wrong-headed. *How

> on Earth* is that information presentational?!

I agree with your sentiment. We mustn't be the only ones thinking
that: the start attribute is coming back in HTML5:

> So while I don’t disagree with the basic desire to output valid

> HTML, I think John’s decision in this one case was mistaken. IMO,

> in this one case Markdown should do what is sensible, validation

> be damned.

I agree with you.

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at

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