on the philosophical aspects of a specification

John MacFarlane jgm at berkeley.edu
Wed Mar 5 11:41:52 EST 2008

> A list item's parent is the most recent list item whose bullet is indented

> less than its own. If there's no such parent, then the item belongs to a

> root-level list.


> http://six.pairlist.net/pipermail/markdown-discuss/2008-March/001076.html


> Is there any case where this doesn't do the right thing?

I think this is a good proposal. The only case I can think of where
it gives intuitively wrong results is this (which involves roman
numerals, not currently supported in core Markdown, though they are in

i. one
ii. two
iii. three
iv. four
v. five

But, on balance, I think this proposal is the best I've seen --
certainly better than expecting users to know the four-space indent


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