I'm trying to achieve this type of automatic plain list formatting in org mode using the org-list-demote-modify-bullet variable

A. I want top level things to be like this
   1. And then to be this
      a. and to be more notes like this level
         * and then these bullets
           - and then bullets like this
             + and finally these bullets

so in my .emacs file I put

(setq org-list-demote-modify-bullet '(("A."  . "1.")
                                      ("1."  . "a.")
                                      ("a."  . "*")
                                      ("*"  . "-")
                                      ("-"  . "+")))

but my automatic formatting ends up being something like this

A. This is what I actually get 
   1. and then this level 
      a. and then this level
            a. and continue on the path
               1. of total utter wrongness

what am I doing wrong? How can I correct this?

  • Tried your settings (and (setq org-list-allow-alphabetical t)) with org-version 9.2.4, works without going wrong. If you have an older version update and try again or just try with emacs -q. – Hubisan Aug 12 at 15:17

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