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Add simple "end of sublist" w/o having to start a new list item.
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Currently, with numbered and unnumbered lists, you can have sublists, but you cannot easily "go back to the previous level" after a sublist.

  • You can start a new list item.
  • You can use an indent : to continue your previous level after the sublist, but (depending on installation, skin, and local CSS) that does not always render as intended.
  • you can put a <br /> plus a <span> or <div> with some arbitary intentation at the end of your last sublist item. Besides being a structural sin, that hardly renders as intended with many skins, and browsers.
  • You can wrap your sublist in a <div> container, but you usually need to know many peculiaritites of CSS and browser oddities in order to make it really work.

I want the latter be taken care of with a simple wikitext
syntax, basically signalling:
1 - "continue with, or return to a previous level" or else
2 - "omit list tag, and do not increment count"
whatever the implementor chooses.

I clearly favorize solution 1 since it preserves structure,
thus giving more logical xhtml.

Since having "-" (minus, standard dash) immediately behind
a wikitext list designator or indentation mark (*#:;)
is fairly uncommon, I suggest extending wikitext syntax by

  • back to the * level, continue with previous item
  • back to the level of the #

:- back to the level of the :
;- back to the level of the ; (start with new label)
All of them terminate sublists/indentation up to the level
of the *#:; preceeding the - and continue the last block or
item on that level without starting a new list item or block.


  1. Here starts number one, having:
    1. a subitem
    2. another subitem
      1. with a sub-subitem
    3. and a continuation on the #1 level behind all subitems.
  2. Here starts nuber two, now.

If a list item or block is to begin with a minus sign or dash,
this syntax must be used:

  • - unordered list item beginning with a dash or minus
  • -same- ordered list item beginning with a dash or minus

: -16 km indented block beginning with a minus sign
; - start of definition list label with minus or dash

If - is not seen as a good choice, I suggest _ (underscore)
as another possible candidate. Also . (dot) might be worth

Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement
URL: bugsmash



Event Timeline

bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Medium.Nov 21 2014, 10:06 PM
bzimport added a project: MediaWiki-Parser.
bzimport set Reference to bz13642.
bzimport added a subscriber: Unknown Object (MLST).
  • This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 1115 ***