Suppose I have some text presented in a two-level hierarchy (whether using lists or headings isn’t important) as follows:
1. ITEM 1. Along with some text that is relevant to ITEM 1. This item contains text one level down, as follows: 1.1 Item. And some associated text. 1.2 Item. And some associated text. 1.3 Item. And some associated text. 2. ITEM 2. Along with some text that is relevant to ITEM 2. This item contains text one level down, as follows: 2.1 Item. And some associated text. 2.2 Item. And some associated text. 2.3 Item. And some associated text. But here is some more text that is relevant to ITEM 2. Note that it is after and not within the lower level. 3. ITEM 3. Along with some text that is relevant to ITEM 3. 4. ITEM 4. Along with…(and so on)
My question pertains to the form of layout being applied to the text at the end of ITEM 2; the part beginning, “But here is some more text…”. For that text, although I have “popped” back up a level of of hierarchy, I have not advanced into the next item of the higher level — i.e. in this case, I have continued my text within ITEM 2, and not moved into ITEM 3. And so, noting that with most text-focused software—MS Word and the like—support for this style of layout is either non-existent or, at best, highly non-obvious, my questions are:
- Does that style have a formal name; a layout term of art if you like?
- Why is it so poorly supported?
(Note: before posting here, I must have spent at least an hour trying to figure out where best to ask this question. GD would not have been my immediate choice, largely because while what I’m asking about certainly does touch on GD, at heart it is perhaps more about representing semantics in document structure as opposed to form. Nevertheless, the general wisdom seemed to be that this has a sufficiently large overlap with [typography] and since [typography] is legit in GD then so is my question. Shrug. If that’s wrong, I’d be grateful for suggestions as to where I might ask, or even for the name of the field into which this question fits.)