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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
         1. THIS IS WHERE THINGS GO WRONG
            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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