[whatwg] Reverse ordered lists
singer at apple.com
Wed Jan 23 11:06:03 PST 2008
At 12:53 -0600 23/01/08, Siemova wrote:
>On Jan 23, 2008 12:18 PM, Dave Singer
><<mailto:singer at apple.com>singer at apple.com> wrote:
>how about assuming that if the source wants it numbered in reverse
>order, it knows what it is doing, and can tell the browser what
>number to start at?
>it still seems the simplest: an attribute that gives the starting
>number (default 1) and an attribute that gives the direction
>(increasing or decreasing, default increasing).
>True, that's simplest to implement, but why put the onus on the
>content author to add things up and specify a start value every
>time? Computers are for automating such calculations. If you're
>reversing a list, the default value for start shouldn't be 1
>anymore; that should be the ending value, and the starting value
>ought to be backwards-engineered from it. This is precisely how a
>content creator would expect it to work.
>I'm surprised at you, being from Apple as you are. ;) Isn't the idea
>to make using such a function simple and intuitive, even if it has
>to be a little more complicated on the back-end?
complicated is fine. impossible takes a little longer; if I don't
have the end yet, I can't do it right, and the substitutes all seem
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