The illustration below was created in Microsoft® Word to demonstrate the failure of Microsoft programmers to understand some simple principles of typography. Nevertheless, you may be surprised to know that my anecdotal evidence supports the conclusion that its users couldn’t care less. Several years ago, I formed a class of students who indicated a desire to learn how to format Word documents. One of the lessons was on the proper formatting of numbered lists. Nobody cared that Microsoft® Word had it wrong. The figure below shows how the software creates such lists and here is what is wrong with them.
List A is a simple numbered list. Somehow, the concept that numbers are supposed to be right justified never even occurred to the developers. However, when Roman numbers are substituted, as in List B, by some magic or miracle, the numbers are right justified, as they should be. But wait! Look at List C. For whatever reason, the Roman numerals have become left justified.
To make things worse, the accompanying text is misaligned (Raspberries and Honey Dew in List A, and Wood and Flavors in List C).
I hope you are not disappointed that I am not going to explain how to achieve the correct alignment of numbers and text. It will be of no interest whatever to most people, and I am sure that those who care already know how to do it with tabs and hanging indents.