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I'm struggling to format a bullet list, a number list and then a bullet list.

This question isn't looking right: http://serverfault.com/questions/64230/frequent-error-messages-when-connecting-to-windows-file-shares-from-a-mac-under-a

Is there a bug in markdown or did I screw something up?

Let me specify: I'm trying to create a 2 item bullet list, some space, then a 3 item number list, some space, a then 2 item bullet list.

Here is my source:

- "The operation cannot be completed because one or more required items cannot be found. (Error code -1401)"
- "The Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "home1-final.psd" could not be written. (Error code -36)"

1. This user has been accessing files this way without problems for over a year
2. No configuration changes or installations have occurred on the file server of the client/user Mac since the problem began
3. The user can use the files most of the time, but frequently gets these errors.

- Windows Server 2003
- Mac OS X 10.50.8

But if you look at the link above, it doesn't render that way.

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Now that it's working, i just gotta say: you'd probably be better off making the middle list a normal paragraph. As it stands, your question is rather... list-heavy! –  Shog9 Sep 10 '09 at 19:18
    
Not sure why "bug" was removed. I know Coding Horror doesn't believe in bugs, is that why? –  Justin Sep 22 '09 at 2:54
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They're being merged because they have the same indentation and nothing but whitespace in between. You could do like Jonathan did, and just change the indentation from list-to-list, but this might not work if you don't intend one list to be a subset of an item in the preceding list. Easiest solution? Just throw a   in between 'em:

  1. One
  2. Two

 

  • Three
  • Four

If the excess whitespace annoys you, then consider using a horizontal rule:

  1. One
  2. Two

  • Three
  • Four

If none of that works for you, then you're left with the option of using straight HTML:

  • One
  • Two
  1. One
  2. Two
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I mean, I know it's likely I'm screwing something up, but I have line breaks between them. Even ODDMuse can handle this. –  Justin Sep 10 '09 at 18:56
    
@Justin: line breaks count as whitespace. Whitespace doesn't count as a list terminator. That's just how Markdown works. You need something else between the lists. –  Shog9 Sep 10 '09 at 18:57
    
Huh, OK. Odd that it hasn't been replaced. I'll fix it. –  Justin Sep 10 '09 at 18:59
    
@Shog9 - Thanks, fixed. –  Justin Sep 10 '09 at 19:00
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Like this? Note, when doing nested lists, the preview window is a super big help. Inserted how ever many spaces it takes to pop that list into existence.

  • No problems exist
  • You made it all up
    1. You probably missing something big
      • That isn't really important though
      • I don't mean to pry
    2. You might have just not indented enough times
      • That seems more likely
  • This helps, right?

Source:

- No problems exist
- You made it all up
 1. You probably missing something big
     - That isn't really important though
     - I don't mean to pry
 2. You might have just not indented enough times
     - That seems more likely
- This helps, right?
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you should post the markdown source to that too –  Kip Sep 10 '09 at 18:42
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@Kip: Done. –  Jonathan Sampson Sep 10 '09 at 18:44
    
I find it works best if the indention is in multiples of four. –  Brad Gilbert Sep 12 '09 at 4:08
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I think in this specific case what you're doing doesn't lead to a particularly readable post, so I'm inclined to call this "it hurts when I do that, so don't do that."

Beyond that, use   if you need an artificial paragraph break between sections.

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