[webkit-dev] Proposal to remove list-item special counter

L. David Baron dbaron at dbaron.org
Thu Jan 17 04:34:37 PST 2013

On Wednesday 2013-01-16 18:25 -0800, Darin Adler wrote:
> On Jan 16, 2013, at 5:46 PM, Elliott Sprehn <esprehn at chromium.org> wrote:
> > I've scoured the web and can't find any reference to anyone using it, mention of it's usage on any pages and no other browser supports it.
> How much more common is use of the rest of the counters specification? I understand that counters is still a leading-edge feature that isn’t likely to be used much on the real web yet.
> The list-item counter is used in the very first example in the CSS Lists and Counters Module <http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-lists/>. I don’t understand why you are so eager to throw it under the bus.
> > In terms of harm, it adds implementation complexity, especially when I want to rewrite counters to be much simpler and faster.
> > 
> > I'd like to go ahead with the removal and then we can bring this back if developers show interest. Does that sound reasonable?
> If you really want to remove it, and all the other browser vendors agree, maybe you can get it removed from the CSS working draft.

For what it's worth, reimplementing Gecko's list numbering using
counters is something I'd like to do; it's just not so high on the
priority list these days.  (Our current list numbering code has a
bunch of weird bugs that our counter implementation does not have.
That said, I think implementing list numbering using counters might
require implementing the new 'counter-set' in addition to the
existing 'counter-increment' and 'counter-reset'.)


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