In CoOL the MENU element is
usually used in preference to DIR, though you are welcome to use DIR if
you have an appropriate application for it.
A directory list is a list of items containing up to 20 characters each. The items in a directory list may be arranged in columns (typically 24 characters wide). If the rendering software is able to optimize the column width as function of the widths of individual elements, so much the better. Note however, that at present, many browsers do not treat DIR differently from other lists.
Like MENU, the appropriate use of this type of list is in the construction of user interface pages (eg menus, navigational pages, etc). It should not be used to achieve the particular typograpic effect that it happens to elicit on any particular browser
<DIR> <LI>A-H<LI>I-M <LI>M-R<LI>S-Z </DIR>