October 12th, 2005


Word, styles, numbered lists, lack of semantic structure

Gee word processors shit me. Well, not as much as the people who use them. Word actually does provide ways to create structure within a document, but do you think people bother to use it? Templates here are reasonable... to an extent. Styles should be more carefully defined. I guess that's the problem - the focus is on style rather than structure.

I guess this is what I get for growing up with HTML. HTML has its shortcomings too, but is less inclined to drive me nuts when I want to write a structured document.

Current gripe...

This document has numbered sections. Makes a pretty TOC. But this numbering happens with the Bullets & Numbering tool. Now I come along and want to create an ordered list in one section. That is, nest a simple list (1, 2, 3, etc.) under the "whole-of-document outline list" without it either continuing numbering or restarting numbering. And I can't figure out a way to do it. So, I have to resort to bullets, even though an ordered list would be clearer and semantically better than an unordered list. Sigh.