list-style-position

The list-style-position CSS property sets the position of the ::marker relative to a list item.

It is often more convenient to use the shorthand list-style.

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 the parent element (normally <ol> or <ul>) to let it apply to all list items.

Note that there is variance among browsers regarding behavior when a block element is placed first within a list element declared as list-style-position: inside. Chrome and Safari both place this element on the same line as the marker box, whereas Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera place it on the next line. For more information on this, see bug 36854.

Syntax

/* Keyword values */
list-style-position: inside;
list-style-position: outside;

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

The list-style-position property is specified as one of the keyword values listed below.

Values

inside
The ::marker is the first element among the list item's contents.
outside
The ::marker is outside the principal block box.

Formal definition

Initial valueoutside
Applies tolist items
Inheritedyes
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

inside | outside

Examples

Setting list item position

HTML

<ul class="inside">List 1
  <li>List Item 1-1</li>
  <li>List Item 1-2</li>
  <li>List Item 1-3</li>
  <li>List Item 1-4</li>
</ul>
<ul class="outside">List 2
  <li>List Item 2-1</li>
  <li>List Item 2-2</li>
  <li>List Item 2-3</li>
  <li>List Item 2-4</li>
</ul>
<ul class="inside-img">List 3
  <li>List Item 3-1</li>
  <li>List Item 3-2</li>
  <li>List Item 3-3</li>
  <li>List Item 3-4</li>
</ul>

CSS

.inside {
  list-style-position: inside;
  list-style-type: square;
}

.outside {
  list-style-position: outside;
  list-style-type: circle;
}

.inside-img {
  list-style-position: inside;
  list-style-image: url("starsolid.gif");
}

Result

Specifications

Specification
CSS Lists Module Level 3 (CSS Lists 3)
# list-style-position-property

Browser compatibility

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See also