How do you continue an ordered list between units?

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  1. profile image0
    Jean Harrisposted 3 years ago

    I have a list of 30 items broken into 3 different text units. Each item is numbered. In the first text unit everything is fine, the items are numbered 1 to 10 in their ordered list. In the second text unit however if I apply the ordered list the number starts at 1 again.

    I went into the html code and removed the ending tag for the ordered list in the first text unit but this is automatically replaced with a new end tag upon saving. I added the start="11" code to the ordered list in the second text unit and this is also automatically removed upon saving.

    How do I continue the number sequence of an ordered list between units in the hubpages editor?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 3 years ago

    Jean, This has been an issue for me too.  In the past when I needed to control the starting number I tried adding the HTML code as you just mentioned. But I also noticed that HP removed that extra code. So presently there is no way to force it. My only solution was to use bullets instead of a numbered list.

    1. Natalie Frank profile image94
      Natalie Frankposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Ditto - I just wrote an article call, "20 Great Writing Prompts to Get Your Writing Back on Track" which because of the number in the title I obviously wanted to number.  I divided them into two sections so I could put a picture in between and had the same problem you describe.  I tried numbering the first half with the tool then typing in the numbers in the second section but you cant format it so it looks the same even with manual spacing.  I then tried to use the number tool on the second half and see if I could just replace the numbers where they were.  I just ended up with to sets of numbers.  I ended up using bullets which I don't like for the reason above but don't have another option.  I can't think of a hack that will let you force it manually.  Maybe it could be suggested through new features.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago

    It's frustrating, isn't it.  I haven't been able to find a way around it either.

    1. profile image0
      Jean Harrisposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is frustrating since an editor asked me to number the 30 items to improve the article and I apparently can't unless I group them all into one unit, which would mean removing related images.

      start ="11" type code needs to be allowed.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Well, the only solution at this time is what I mentioned above when you split a list between two capsules. I know what you mean about wanting to place an image between two sections of a list. That was exactly my reason for switching to a bulleted list.

      2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Why not number manually rather than using the numbering program at the top of the page>

        1. lobobrandon profile image91
          lobobrandonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          If you number manually, you won't show up on search at the 0 position as it's not recognized then.

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          Jean Harrisposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I have the list currently identified with bullets but the editor specifically wants the entire list numbered. When I had it numbered manually it didn't pass the layout test, wasn't easy enough to scan.

          Round and round I go smile  The first 10 are now numbered, the rest have bullets. It is what it is until I can actually do what's requested.

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Jean, I wouldn't mix numbers and bullets for the same list. Readers won't know that the bullets are a continuation of the numbered items. Why not just make all of them bullets.

            Since the editor wants the entire list numbered, they obviously don't know the limitations when continuing in another capsule. I would suggest you refer the editor to this forum thread. Who knows, maybe they'll get someone to approve a programming change to allow us to use the start function.

  4. lobobrandon profile image91
    lobobrandonposted 3 years ago

    Yeah, they should allow the start function.

  5. Azure11 profile image85
    Azure11posted 3 years ago

    Yes I have wondered this too...

  6. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago

    I think Glenn has the right idea.   Tell the editor it's impossible, and see what the editor says.  That's the only way this problem stands a chance of being highlighted to management.

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      Jean Harrisposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm leaving it as is - it was a problem regardless of which way I had it. Perhaps ugly will bring attention to the problem.

      I had originally numbered each section manually but without an ordered or unordered list but that didn't work for them(hard to read). I made them all bullets but that's not ideal they told me. I can number a third of them so I did, the rest will get fixed when it's possible to do. I'll contact them soon.

      Thanks for the advice, I was hoping hubbers had a trick around this.

  7. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago

    Kinda unreasonable to ask you to do something that's impossible

  8. eugbug profile image98
    eugbugposted 3 years ago

    We discussed this here but nothing came of it. The "start" attribute is "deprecated" in HTML 4, but as far as I can make out, a document has to be specified as HTML 5 for it to work, so I don't know where this leaves us. … es-me-nuts

  9. agvulpes profile image85
    agvulpesposted 3 years ago

    Have you seen how it looks if you use 'bullets' and then place the number next to the bullet as part of the text in the line ?

  10. Cynthia Hoover profile image92
    Cynthia Hooverposted 12 months ago

    I had the same issue recently.. I ended up writing the article with a only a list of 10 and cutting out a large portion. Saving the rest and hopefully will be able to work those into a stand alone article at some point.


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