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Ordered lists – HTML

Demo

Summary

To create an ordered list in HTML, use the ol and li elements.

<ol>
  <li>Item 1</li>
  <li>Item 2</li>
  <li>Item 3</li>
</ol>

To see what this element looks like in the browser, view the Demo section below.

Details

An ordered list in HTML gets rendered as a list with numbers.

Nested lists

It’s possible to nest an ordered list inside another ordered list, like this:

<ol>
  <li>Item 1
    <ol>
      <li>Subitem 1</li>
      <li>Subitem 2</li>
    </ol>
  </li>
  <li>Item 2</li>
  <li>Item 3</li>
</ol>

Notice that the nested list is placed inside a list item element. Also notice that the nested list is placed before the closing tag of the list item.

It’s also possible to nest an unordered list inside an ordered list, like this:

<ol>
  <li>Item 1
    <ul>
      <li>Subitem 1</li>
      <li>Subitem 2</li>
    </ul>
  </li>
  <li>Item 2</li>
  <li>Item 3</li>
</ol>

Exercises

Recreate the embedded CodePen demo by typing out the HTML code. Then, try customizing the text in the list elements.

References

The Ordered List element on MDN

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