Using Lists to Group Information

Lists are among the essential tags for laying out information on a Web page. List tags include unordered (bulleted) lists (<ul>), ordered (numbered) lists (<ol>), and definition lists (<dl>), each of which adds semantic value to the information it contains. You can use lists when you need to display directions or procedures on a page, or even as the basis of a navigation structure. Lists also work well with advanced styling using cascading style sheets.

The following table provides a bit more information on the three basic types of lists.

List Type


Used For

Ordered list


Numbered items such as procedures

Unordered list


Bulleted items that relate to each other but without any specific order

Definition list

<dl> ...

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