How do I get lowercase-letter ordered lists?

In HTML, I just use <ol type="a">, but confluence doesn't let me do that. Is there any way to get these kinds of ordered lists? Like this:

a. first item

b. item the next

c. ....

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Hi Chris

I made some tests here and you are right: seems like the attribute type is not been recognized by Confluence, at least using the html macro.

I suggest you to try using CSS and check if this can help.

Cheers!

Bruna,

You are 90% of the way there.

Chris,

If I am understanding things correctly, you want to change the top level of nesting of ordered list from their default decimal types to the "lower-alpha" list-style-type.

What I would suggest involves using the confluence souce editor to add a custom class to the list that you would like to. The result should look something like the following

&lt;ol class="alpha_list"&gt;
  &lt;li&gt;this is one&lt;br/&gt;
    &lt;ol&gt;
      &lt;li&gt;this is a two&lt;br/&gt;
        &lt;ol&gt;
          &lt;li&gt;OMGEE 3&lt;/li&gt;
        &lt;/ol&gt;
      &lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;/ol&gt;
  &lt;/li&gt;
  &lt;li&gt;Clippy&lt;/li&gt;
  &lt;li&gt;Derp&lt;/li&gt;
&lt;/ol&gt;

You would then create the following style in either your Global Or Space Admin > Stylesheets tab

ol.alpha_list  
{  
    list-style-type: lower-alpha;  
}

The style would only affect the first level of nesting in the structure above. It would retain the same sub list behavior that is default in Confluence.

i.e. First level Decimal, Second lower alpha, third lower roman...etc

Please let us know if this answers your questions

Hi, I didn't get notification of these comments -- sorry for the delayed response. I'm sure this would work, unfortunately, our confluence admins haven't granted anyone permissions to add their own css. :(

If you are using Confluence v4.0 or above, you can do this:

  • start a numbered list
  • press tab to indent the list

The identation will change the numbering from 1,2,3... to a,b,c...

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