It's all in the numbers

By Megan McArdle

As it happens, I am blogging from a local coffee shop with bloggers Matthew Yglesias and Brian Beutler. Yes, this is the glamorous blogging lifestyle you've read so much about.

At any rate, Matt and I were explaining the secrets of creating an ordered (numbered) list and an unordered (bulleted) list in html. At which point, Brian asked: why is a bulleted list "unordered"?

Matt and I responded, with stunning obviousness, that an ordered list has numbers. But then Brian showed us a preview of the post he was writing and sensibly asked "Is there any doubt about what order you should click on the links?"

Now I am trying to formulate a philosophy of numbered lists that distinguishes them from bulleted lists. Reader thoughts are welcome.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2007/09/it-apos-s-all-in-the-numbers/1878/