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CSS "list-style-type: initial" rule makes an ordered list use discs

Posted on 2014-03-04
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I've got this bit of HTML, adapted from an example on w3schools.com:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>List Style Test</title>
<style type="text/css">

li
{
   list-style-type: initial;
}

</style>
</head>
<body>

<ol type="A">
  <li>Coffee</li>
  <li>Tea</li>
  <li>Milk</li>
</ol>
 
</body>
</html>

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Firefox and Chrome both render the list as if I'd specified list-style-type: disc. Shouldn't the initial value for that rule be list-style-type: upper-roman? Am I misunderstanding how initial works?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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list-style-type: initial sets the list type to whatever is default for the browser.  

list-style-type: upper-roman will force the use of I, II, III, etc.
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Gary earned 500 total points
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The default is disc and that is what you are setting using initial
Why do you think it should be upper-roman

edit.
I understand the confusion, OL will be styled differently (roman) but setting initial overrides the browser styles and sets it back to disc.
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by:CPColin
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In my mind, it should be upper-roman because the ol element has a type="A" attribute.
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by:Gary
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initial is not supported in IE ergo not overriding.

I would assume the CSS is overriding the tag declaration since that is not css.
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by:CPColin
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Question: "Am I misunderstanding how initial works?"
Answer: "Yes."

Looks like initial grabs the value from the CSS specification, not the browser's defaults, which is not at all what I expected.
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