I think it would be a cool feature if list formatting allowed different alphanumeric labels (besides bullets):

1. First step has its own child steps 
    a. Lower
    B. Upper

    1.2 Step parent.child
    1.3 This is step1.child3

            Some formatted text

    I. Roman 
    II. would 
    III. be
    IV. cool

2. etc...

Thought about this when answering:
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    I don't see the particular need for this. It deviates from the original Markdown syntax – and I hate it when the interpretation of syntax differs from site to site.
    – slhck
    Oct 31 '11 at 20:24
  • is SE markdown part of an open source project? I cannot find it, must be looking in the wrong places
    – Malachi
    Jun 5 '15 at 15:52

I see a lot of users trying to post item lists using Alpha characters instead of Numerals. like






like they were choices. I think that it would be a good idea to include these in the formatting. We already have the option of using either numbers or bullets but I think that all sites could definitely benefit from also being able to use letters, it would open up Roman Numerals as well

  1. Lists in a list item:
    • Indented four spaces.
      • indented eight spaces.
    • Four spaces again.
  2. Multiple paragraphs in a list items: It's best to indent the paragraphs four spaces You can get away with three, but it can get confusing when you nest other things. Stick to four.

    We indented the first line an extra space to align it with these paragraphs. In real use, we might do that to the entire list so that all items line up.

    This paragraph is still part of the list item, but it looks messy to humans. So it's a good idea to wrap your nested paragraphs manually, as we did with the first two.

  3. Blockquotes in a list item:

    Skip a line and indent the >'s four spaces.

  4. Preformatted text in a list item:

    Skip a line and indent eight spaces.
    That's four spaces for the list
    and four to trigger the code block.

As you can see above, nested lists do exist. See Help

  • Sorry, I just clarified my Q, other alphanumeric labels, besides bulets.
    – chown
    Oct 31 '11 at 17:56
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    1. 2. 3. 1.? Lists could use much improvement imho.
    – user1228
    Oct 31 '11 at 20:27
  • @Won'tಠ_ಠ woops, fixed that..
    – Naftali
    Oct 31 '11 at 20:51

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