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lists: definition, ordered, unordered

definition list

A definition list can be used to format a list of terms and definitions, such as would be found in a dictionary. It is one of the few standard HTML elements that includes an information pairing; between the definition term <dt> and definition description <dd>.

Definition lists are often used when formatting search results; at a semantic level the webpage title is the ‘term’ and the page extract the ‘description’.

<dl> <dt>Term one</dt> <dd>Definition one</dd> <dt>Term two</dt> <dd>Definition two</dd> <dt>Term three</dt> <dd>Definition three</dd> </dl>

Term one
Definition one
Term two
Definition two
Term three
Definition three

ordered list

A ordered list can be used to format a series of items to indicate a specific hierarchy; e.g. rank or process.

<ol> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> <li>Third item</li> </ol>

  1. First item
  2. Second item
  3. Third item

unordered list

An unordered list can be used to format a series of items with no specific hierarchy.

<ul> <li>Item</li> <li>Item</li> <li>Item</li> </ul>

Related terms: elements/tags, semantic markup


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