Build linking table from html multi-level ordered list <ol>

I have an Ordered List in a webpage that I allow users to drag <li> to re-order. The list is a multi-level similar to below, but can have may more levels.
<ol>
    <li id="1">test
        <ol>
            <li id="5">test</li>
            <li id="6">test</li>
            <li id="4">test
                <ol>
                    <li id="3">test</li>
                    <li id="2">test</li>
                    <li id="7">test</li>
                </ol>
            </li>
        </ol>
    </li>
    <li id="9">test</li>
</ol>

I ultimately need to create a table on server side in sql that looks like this (based on above list). Serial column is ID of the li. Parentid is serial of what level it is in and sort is the order in the level.

serial      parentid         sort
1              null                  0
5             1                  0
6             1                  1
4             1                  2
3             4                  0
2             4                  1
7             4                  2
9             null                  1

The list is multi-level ( could be more than 3 levels) and the text in the <li> is not important, only the ID's and which parent it is associated with. Not sure if it is easier to cycle thru on client side to build an array or just pass the whole list back to server side and parse thru it on the server. Getting the ID's (serial) is not an issue, it is getting which parent to link it to has been the challenge.
CubbybulinAsked:
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leakim971PluritechnicianCommented:
and "test" come from?...
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leakim971PluritechnicianCommented:
Use : select serial, parent, sort from table order by parent, sort, serial
So it sorted.
and the following : http://jsfiddle.net/uh91xayz/

var results = [
 [1,null,0],
 [5,1,0],
 [6,1,1],
 [4,1,2],
 [3,4,0],
 [2,4,1],
 [7,4,2],
 [9,null,1]
];

for(var i=0;i<results.length;i++) {
    var serial_column = results[i][0];
    var parent_column = results[i][1];
    var   sort_column = results[i][2];
    var   text_column = "test, serial is" + serial_column;
    var parent = $("ol:first");
    if(parent_column) {
        parent = $("#"+parent_column+" ol");
        if(parent.length==0) {
            $("#"+parent_column).append("<ol/>");
            parent = $("#"+parent_column+" ol");
        }
    }
    parent.append("<li data-order='" + sort_column + "' id='" + serial_column + "'>" + text_column + "</li>");
}

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CubbybulinAuthor Commented:
The <ol> originally comes from the database. The list is created from the linking table that I showed previously. The "test" is from a different table that is associated to the linking table but irrelevant at this point. The issue is that I allow users to drag and drop list items to reorganize the list. I don't have an issue building the html <ol> from the table. What I need to do is the reverse. After a user modifies the structure I need to parse thru the <ol> list and recreate the linking table (I will erase what was originally there each time and recreate). So I need to build the array somehow in java and send back to server side to repopulate the linking table based on new structure. Hope that makes sense.
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