We are building an online outliner. We want to support outline numbering, which HTML/Css cannot really handle. Generating numbers is easy. The complexity, of course, is in handing the nested indents, numbered outdents, etc. The way MSword handles it is downright daunting, and seems hideously complex, as it was written for PC rendering in a word processor, and exporting to HTML was bolted on later.
Has anyone ever seen a set of CSS rules specially written to assist in complete paragraph formatting, using outliner numerbering -- or or schemes -- where the outdenting can be handled without Ordered/Unordered lists? Those elements take control of the format and numbers, and do not permit replacing their numbers (I don't think).
ANy guidance to anything remotely related would be greatly appreciated.