Hmmm.... after thinking about this issue (decreasing-ordered lists) I
think that the easiest way to do it might be like this:
<h2>top ``n'' list</>
<!-- etc. -->
Which would be rendered by the browser as:
TOP ``N'' LIST
n. item n
4. item 4
3. item 3
2. item 2
1. item 1
That is, the browser would "build up" as it rendered the list, instead of
requiring that the author provide a starting sequence number. In
graphical browsers, it would still mean that the list would have to be
redrawn if progressive rendering were used, but at least the numbers on
items would never change. It also displays OK in browsers that don't
understand the ORDER attribute, and just displays the list in increasing
order instead, preserving the numbers of the items.
Note that if the <LH> (list heading) element from the proposed HTML3 is
ever added to HTML, it will need to be rendered at the top of a reversed
list instead of at the bottom.
Naturally, the default for ORDER in the DTD would be #IMPLIED.
Benjamin C. W. Sittler