Summary: Wikitext for "continue numbered list"
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: 1.16.0
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: Page rendering

Numbered lists are arguably the weakest feature in wikitext because they are so
easily broken. Insert a <pre> tag, a set of images, or anything complicated
into a numbered list, and the numbering starts over from "1". This is very
common when creating (say) numbered instructions with examples in the middle.
There are various hacks to avoid simple problems, but no general method for
keeping consistent numbering in a complex article.

I propose one new wikitext symbol that means, "Continue the numbering at the
given level."  Call it "#^".  For example:

# First item
# Second item
#^ Third item

would produce:

1. First item
2. Second item
3. Third item


# First item
## First subitem
## Second subitem
# Second item
## Third subitem
<pre>Let's break the numbering!</pre>
##^ Fourth subitem
# Third item

would produce:

1. First item
 1. First subitem
 2. Second subitem
2. Second item
 1. Third subitem
 Let's break the numbering!
 2. Fourth subitem
3. Third item

The #^ symbol works within the current article, no matter how far away the
previous numbering was. In parsing, it means keeping track of the most recent
<ol> tag (or set of nested <ol> tags) and possibly reopening it.

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