list-style

The list-style CSS shorthand property allows you set all the list style properties at once.

Note: This property is applied to list items, i.e., elements with display: list-item; . By default this includes <li> elements. Because this property is inherited, it can be set on a parent element (normally <ol> or <ul>) to make the same list styling apply to all the items inside.

Constituent properties

This property is a shorthand for the following CSS properties:

Syntax

/* type */
list-style: square;

/* image */
list-style: url('../img/shape.png');

/* position */
list-style: inside;

/* type | position */
list-style: georgian inside;

/* type | image | position */
list-style: lower-roman url('../img/shape.png') outside;

/* Keyword value */
list-style: none;

/* Global values */
list-style: inherit;
list-style: initial;
list-style: unset;

The list-style property is specified as one, two, or three keywords in any order. If list-style-type and list-style-image are both set, then list-style-type is used as a fallback if the image is unavailable.

Values

Accessibility concerns

Safari has an issue whereby unordered lists with a list-style value of none applied to them will not be recognized as a list in the accessibility tree. To address this, add a zero-width space as pseudo-content before each list item to ensure the list is recognized properly. This ensures the design is unaffected by the bug fix and that list items are not improperly described.

ul {
  list-style: none;
}

ul li::before {
  content: "\200B";
}

Formal definition

Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies tolist items
Inheritedyes
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

<'list-style-type'> || <'list-style-position'> || <'list-style-image'>

Examples

Setting list style type and position

HTML

List 1
<ul class="one">
  <li>List Item1</li>
  <li>List Item2</li>
  <li>List Item3</li>
</ul>
List 2
<ul class="two">
  <li>List Item A</li>
  <li>List Item B</li>
  <li>List Item C</li>
</ul>

CSS

.one {
  list-style: circle;
}

.two {
  list-style: square inside;
}

Result

Specifications

Browser compatibility

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See also