Re: Preceding list function

Subject: Re: Preceding list function
From: Norman Walsh <ndw@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 08 Aug 2000 15:59:47 -0400
/ Brandon Ibach <bibach@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> was heard to say:
|    Hmm... perhaps I didn't completely understand the semantics of the
| continuation feature.  My assumption was that a continuation can not
| span certain ancestor elements.  The version of your function that I
| modified demonstrated this by only searching the current component
| level element's descendants for "candidate previous lists" (CPLs :).

The semantics of continuation, as described by DocBook, make no
assertions about continuation boundaries. I arbitrarily decided when I
implemented it that going to the "component" level was far

| same nesting depth?  If not, then the example would end up looking
| like:
|    1. Group I
|       1. First
|       2. Second
|       3. Third
|    Some intervening text
|    2. Group II
|       2. Fourth
|       3. Fifth
|       4. Sixth

I think that's the "right" answer for the source markup you gave.

|    Also, on a related, but not yet discussed, issue, if the numbering
| of the inner lists should be continuable, shouldn't it be possible for
| the outer lists to be unordered (ie, bullets), such that you could
| produce:
|    o Group I
|      1. First
|      2. Second
|      3. Third
|    Some intervening text
|    o Group II
|      4. Fourth
|      5. Fifth
|      6. Sixth

Yes, and I think that would work naturally. The continuation feature
only discriminates between ancestor orderedlists and bulleted lists
are itemizedlists.

|    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is there something just a
| little weird about the fact that I consider working this sort of stuff
| out "fun"? ;)

I got up at 5:00am this morning to work on it, so if you won't call me
weird, I won't call you weird. And vice-versa. :-)

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@xxxxxxxxxx> | He who fails to become a giant need not            | remain content with being a
                              | dwarf.--Ernest Bramah

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