[whatwg] Reverse ordered lists

Rikkert Koppes lists at rikkertkoppes.com
Fri Jan 18 04:15:38 PST 2008

I am not quite sure whether this should be covered by html at all.

List numbering should be a matter of CSS I think. Using an <ol> only 
means that it's items are ordered, not in what way. There is a 
difference between ordinal value (which might be specified by the value 
attribute of an li element) and things like, say, ranking, score and 

Rikkert Koppes

Siemova wrote:
> Daniel Glazman wrote:
>     Usually, the answer is "because nobody uses it anyway...".
> Perhaps so, but I certainly wouldn't say nobody wants to use 
> reverse-ordered lists. I've seen plenty of them across the web 
> (whether non-HTML or hacked via CSS, tables, etc.), and more than a 
> few complaints that there's no easy, standardized way to make them. 
> Besides, designing and implementing such a feature ought to be so easy 
> for W3C and UA's that the (admittedly minor) benefit would be entirely 
> worth the small trouble. I'd never claim my proposal to be 
> earth-shattering, but it's not much less worthwhile than the "start" 
> attribute. They're both useful in certain 
> infrequent-but-not-improbable situations, and stay out of the way when 
> not needed. :)
> - Jason (Siemova)

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