On 2/13/06, Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar at googlemail.com> wrote: > Hi, > > One of the few things I'm not sure about after reading the HTML spec > is whether a <ol> should be used just when order in important (eg. a > recipe) or when there is any order (eg. members listed alphabetically). > > Which is correct, or is it just a grey area in the HTML spec? I think it becomes clearer when you consider the semantics of ul (unordered list). A ul is for list items for which order does not make sense or for which there is arbitrary order. If for example I retrieved a list of users out of a database and displayed them, I would use a ul. If I retrieved the same list of users but sorted them by last login date, I would use a ol. Note here that the sort item is not displayed in the list. This is a point that many people would contend (i.e., they would say that a ol should be used only when the sort key is the list item itself). -- Matt Warden Miami University Oxford, OH, USA http://mattwarden.com This email proudly and graciously contributes to entropy.