Edge and Total Choosability of Near-Outerplanar Graphs

  • Timothy J. Hetherington
  • Douglas R. Woodall


It is proved that, if $G$ is a $K_4$-minor-free graph with maximum degree $\Delta \ge 4$, then $G$ is totally $(\Delta+1)$-choosable; that is, if every element (vertex or edge) of $G$ is assigned a list of $\Delta+1$ colours, then every element can be coloured with a colour from its own list in such a way that every two adjacent or incident elements are coloured with different colours. Together with other known results, this shows that the List-Total-Colouring Conjecture, that ${\rm ch}"(G) = \chi"(G)$ for every graph $G$, is true for all $K_4$-minor-free graphs. The List-Edge-Colouring Conjecture is also known to be true for these graphs. As a fairly straightforward consequence, it is proved that both conjectures hold also for all $K_{2,3}$-minor free graphs and all $(\bar K_2 + (K_1 \cup K_2))$-minor-free graphs.

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