As explained in this other post, numbered list formatting can be quite math unfriendly. Would it be possible to use a new numbered list, used on circles, squared or "bracketed" numbers, as shown in the post?

Hereby the same example, as mentioned in that other post: what are the roots of the equation x^2-3x+2=0? Hereby the answers:

  1. 1
  2. 2

Is this to be read as (1 and 2) or as (1 times 1 and 2 times 2)?

A small extra question: it seems not be possible to use MathJax formatting on this site, which hinders asking questions about math-site related subjects.
Is it feasible to support all formattings from all StackExchange sites here?

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    I think they already explained or told you that MathJax does not support the list or enumerate environments and I don't think all sites are interested in your new way of numbering. and it's certainly not about mathjax it's about markdown. Jan 22 at 13:40
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    @FranciscoNuñezIALover This isn't about MathJax. It is about Markdown. The discussion of MathJax is a red herring. Jan 22 at 13:42
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    Put what is needed to ask in this post, not in another post. Also it is clear from the last comment that that post is still not clear anyway.
    – philipxy
    Jan 22 at 13:42
  • I think that the proposal or your idea, if you consider that it affects you so much, can be resolved via third parties... a plugin or something like that... but I don't see that the community is showing interest in improving this. since it escapes the scope of markdown. Jan 22 at 13:43
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    I think this is clear enough and fits the scope here, voted to reopen. (Do note, this has nothing to do with the question score; Feature request can be not popular hence have negative score but still valid and might actually be done one day.) Jan 23 at 11:42
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    Voted down and voted to reopen. Jan 23 at 14:05

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Is this really necessary? The difference between

  1. 1


1 · 1

is (at least to me) quite obvious: above, the dot is shifted to the left (so it belongs to the first 1) and it has the same baseline as the numbers, so it's not a multiplication symbol, which is always centered (both horizontally and vertically).

Furthermore, when using MathJax (not supported here on Meta.SE), numbers are in a different font than regular text:

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which makes it even more obvious it's a not calculation, unlike

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The dot has been the ubiquitous indicator for ordered lists for ages, and you need some advanced CSS to change it: Ordered list (HTML) lower-alpha with right parentheses? You might be able to turn one of the answers there to a custom stylesheet which you can add to your browser: How can I force my css styles when I visit a website?

  • I don't see it as something really necessary, but in order to implement this, I believe a split should be made in markdown features between the different StackExchange sites. And maybe this might open doors to more (even better) markdown differences.
    – Dominique
    Jan 22 at 14:03

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