> On Tue, 26 Nov 2002, Mark Howells wrote:
> > An ordered or unordered list shouldn't be part of a paragraph,
> > according to normal typographic rules.
> > According to the standard principles of print layout (don't reply with
> > "the web isn't print", please!) which have been developed over a very
> > long time, a paragraph is a single block of formatted or unformatted
> > text. Grammatically, paragraphs should also follow a single theme, with
> > each new theme or change of subject necessitating a new paragraph.
Tim Luoma wrote:
> ...several times I have been writing and thought that semantically
> a list would make more sense as being part of the paragraph that
> came before it.
I wonder about Mark's assertion that long typographic practice
has led to the requirement that paragraphs be 'single block'.
I admit I know nothing about this formally, but Tim's opinion
seems sound to me. Exactly what reason would there be to reject
the idea of text and an associated list being lumped into one
I fail to come up with a likely technical reason, So I'll
rashly assume these 'rules' came straight from the ivory
towers of academia. It's the old tug-o-war between the
gramarians and the peepul. (thus all the tension! ;-/ )
Still, it's possible after all, that 'text+list=paragraph' really
is unacceptable in a way I've overlooked.
(it's happened before, oh yes)
"What the world needs is a good bug ring"--Big John
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