Unordered, Ordered, and Description Lists

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Unordered, Ordered, and Description Lists

Lists, lists and more lists!

Lists in HTML are used to organize related items in a semantic and well-structured way. These are the three types of lists that are used in HTML:

  • Unordered lists
  • Ordered lists
  • Description lists

What is the difference between an ordered list and unordered list? The difference between an ordered list and an unordered list, is that an ordered list will have its items ordered by number, whereas unordered lists will have just bullet points.

Unordered Lists

Making your own unordered list is straightforward. You just wrap an unordered list tag, or ul tag, around your list items, which use li tags. This will create a list of related items without being in a particular order.

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Unordered List</title> </head> <body> <h1>Things that are cool:</h1> <ul> <li>Memes</li> <li>Food</li> <li>Coding</li> </ul> </body> </html>

How an unordered list looks like.

Ordered Lists

To turn our unordered list into an ordered one requires just changing the wrapper tag from ul (for unordered list) to an ol tag (ordered list). This will create an ordered list of related items.

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Ordered List</title> </head> <body> <h1>How to become a great developer:</h1> <ol> <li>Read all the content on Sabe</li> <li>Practice, practice, practice.</li> <li>Stay curious. Ask questions. Never stop learning.</li> </ol> </body> </html>

How an ordered list looks like.

Description Lists

Description lists are used whenever you have a word or some text, and you want to describe or define that text using multiple items, thus forming a list.

The outer-most tag is the description list tag, or dl. Following that is the term you want to describe, the dt tag. The descriptions are then placed inside dd tags.

Let's see an example:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Description List</title> </head> <body> <h1>Here is a description list!</h1> <dl> <dt>Computer</dt> <dd>An electronic device for storing and processing data, typically in binary form, according to instructions given to it in a variable program.</dd> </dl> </body> </html>

How a description list looks like.


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