I like to subdivide my answers into numerical points

  1. Like This
  2. And Like this.

But, if I get to explaining point #1

  1. Like this

Only with explanation of that point

  1. Even if my markup says "2" explicitly,

The number 2 is reformatted as a 1.

How do I avoid this?

  • You might use sub lists or bullets for your points below. Not sure though. I honestly am not sure if this is by design or not.
    – wax eagle
    Feb 17, 2012 at 20:16

1 Answer 1


If you indent all the content that follows a numbered point, the next point will number correctly.

  1. Start a point.

    • Indent all following content with at least one space at the beginning of the line...

    ...including new paragraphs of any type (including blockquotes, sub-lists, etc)

  2. When you get to point two, start back at the margin.

  3. Live happily every after.

P.S. Hit "edit" to view the source for this post if in doubt (and for a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy joke).

  • Thank you kindly! Feb 18, 2012 at 3:05
  • I always knew you had the answers to life, the universe, and apparently everything! Feb 18, 2012 at 3:06

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