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HTML Lists

HTML Lists

HTML can have Unordered Lists, Ordered Lists, or Description Lists:

Unordered HTML List

  • The first item
  • The second item
  • The third item
  • The fourth item

Ordered HTML List

  1. The first item
  2. The second item
  3. The third item
  4. The fourth item

HTML Description List

The first item
Description of item
The second item
Description of item



Unordered HTML Lists

An unordered list starts with the <ul> tag. Each list item starts with the <li> tag.

The list items will be marked with bullets (small black circles).

Unordered List:

<ul>
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea</li>
   <li>Milk</li>
</ul>

Unordered HTML Lists - The Style Attribute

style attribute can be added to an unordered list, to define the style of the marker:

Style Description
list-style-type:disc The list items will be marked with bullets (default)
list-style-type:circle The list items will be marked with circles
list-style-type:square The list items will be marked with squares
list-style-type:none The list items will not be marked

Disc:

<ul style="list-style-type:disc">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ul>

Circle:

<ul style="list-style-type:circle">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ul>

Square:

<ul style="list-style-type:square">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ul>

None:

<ul style="list-style-type:none">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ul>
Using a type attribute <ul type="disc">, instead of <ul style="list-style-type:disc">, also works.
But in HTML5, the type attribute is not valid in unordered lists, only in ordered list.

Ordered HTML Lists

An ordered list starts with the <ol> tag. Each list item starts with the <li> tag.

The list items will be marked with numbers.

Ordered List:

<ol>
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Milk</li>
</ol>

Ordered HTML Lists - The Type Attribute

type attribute can be added to an ordered list, to define the type of the marker:

Type Description
type="1" The list items will be numbered with numbers (default)
type="A" The list items will be numbered with uppercase letters
type="a" The list items will be numbered with lowercase letters
type="I" The list items will be numbered with uppercase roman numbers
type="i" The list items will be numbered with lowercase roman numbers

Numbers:

<ol type="1">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ol>

Upper Case:

<ol type="A">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ol>

Lower Case:

<ol type="a">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ol>

Roman Upper Case:

<ol type="I">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ol>

Roman Lower Case:

<ol type="i">
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
   <li>Milk</li>
</ol>

HTML Description Lists

A description list, is a list of terms, with a description of each term.

The <dl> tag defines a description list.

The <dt> tag defines the term (name), and the <dd> tag defines the data (description).

Description List:

<dl>
   <dt>Coffee</dt>
   <dd>- black hot drink</dd>
   <dt>Milk</dt>
   <dd>- white cold drink</dd>
</dl>

Nested HTML Lists

List can be nested (lists inside lists).

Nested Lists:

<ul>
   <li>Coffee</li>
   <li>Tea
     <ul>
       <li>Black tea</li>
       <li>Green tea</li>
     </ul>
   </li>
   <li>Milk</li>
</ul>
List items can contain new list, and other HTML elements, like images and links, etc.

Horizontal Lists

HTML lists can be styled in many different ways with CSS.

One popular way, is to style a list to display horizontally:

Horizontal List:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<head>
<style>
ul#menu li {
    display:inline;
}
</style>
</head>

<body>

<h2>Horizontal List</h2>

<ul id="menu">
   <li>Apples</li>
   <li>Bananas</li>
   <li>Lemons</li>
   <li>Oranges</li>
</ul> 

</body>
</html>

HTML List Tags

Tag Description
<ul> Defines an unordered list
<ol> Defines an ordered list
<li> Defines a list item
<dl> Defines a description list
<dt> Defines the term in a description list
<dd> Defines the description in a description list