Auto number list - text alignment

Hello all, I am experiencing some difficulty aligning chapter headings, where I have incorporated auto numbered lists using a proportional font.

An example (I'll use code to ensure the text appears as intended):

1.1     Chapter 1.1 Header
1.2       Chapter 1.2 header
2.1       Chapter 2.1 header
2.2         Chapter 2.2 header

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The above example may be slightly exaggerated but the issue is all the chapters should be aligned, however, the font is dictating where the chapter text begins.
 
Q. Is there a way to lock the position of the chapter text using just css?

Caveat... I am generating my document using MadCap Flare. Although it is almost entirely html/css, it does utilize a few custom styles. Unless you understand Flare, please try to ignore that fact and try to help me with a pure css correction (if possible). :-)

Here is a sample HTML excerpt:
<h2 MadCap:autonum="1.1">Chapter 1.1 text</h2>
        <p>This...</p>
<h2 MadCap:autonum="1.2">Chapter 1.2 text</h2>

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And the .css excerpt for h2 HTML5 output:
	{
		font-weight: bold;
		color: #d93e0b;
		font-size: 14pt;
		mc-auto-number-format: 'GH:{n}.{n+}        ';
		mc-auto-number-position: inside-head;
		/* text-indent: 55px; */
		margin-left: 0px;
		padding-left: -20px;
	}

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You will notice the 8 spaces after "GH:{n}.{n+}". This is the root of the problem because the distance these spaces make up are relative to the font. I need a css solution so that I don't need those spaces to separate the chapter number from the chapter title.

I realize that the special MadCap only classes may put a wrench in your ability to assist.

Thank you
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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAsked:
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GaryCommented:
Something like this
http://jsfiddle.net/GaryC123/MzR3M/2/

You would just need to tweak the margins

HTML
<ol>
    <li><div>Main Item</div><ol>
        <li><div>item<p>This...</p></div></li>
    <li><div>item<p>This...</p></div></li>
    <li><div>item<p>This...</p></div></li>
    <li><div>item<p>This...</p></div></li>
        <li><div>item<p>This...</p></div></li>
        </ol>
        </li>
<ol>

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CSS
ol {
		font-weight: bold;
		color: #d93e0b;
		font-size: 14pt;
		margin-left: 0px;
    counter-reset: item 
}
li {
display:block;
}

li div {
    display:inline-block;
        vertical-align:top;
    margin-left:20px
}
li:before {
     content: counters(item, "."); counter-increment: item;
}

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GaryCommented:
Do you have a link to the page so we can see what's going on?
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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately, I am unable to now because it is published on a private server.

Perhaps, for the moment, I can re-frame the question to...

How do you create an auto-numbered list using only .css styles using a proportional font?

In this format:
1.0  Main title

1.1         Subtitle A
1.2         Subtitle B
...and so on. 

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Note: There would be about 2 spaces between the main chapter number and title and about 8 spaces between sub-chapter numbers and the name. All the chapter numbers should always align regardless of the font used.

Thanks so much.
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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Hello Cathal,

THAT is an awesome resource. Thank you! :-)
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