Summary

The list-style-type property specifies the appearance of a list item element. Because it is the only property that defaults to display:list-item, this is usually a <li> element, but can be any element with this display value.

The color of the marker will be the same as the computed color of the element it applies to.

Syntax

/* Partial list of types */
list-style-type: disc;
list-style-type: circle;
list-style-type: square;
list-style-type: decimal;
list-style-type: georgian;
list-style-type: cjk-ideographic;
list-style-type: kannada;

/* A <string> */
list-style-type: '-';

/* Identifier matching an @counter-style rule */
list-style-type: custom-counter-style;

list-style-type: none;

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

Values

symbols()
Defines an anonymous style of the list.
none
No item marker is shown.
<string>
The specified string will be used as the item's marker.
<custom-ident>
A identifier matching the value of a @counter-style or one of the predefined styles:
disc
  • A filled circle (default value)
circle
  • A hollow circle
square
  • A filled square
decimal
  • Decimal numbers
  • Beginning with 1
cjk-decimal
  • Han decimal numbers
  • E.g. 一, 二, 三, ..., 九八, 九九, 一〇〇
decimal-leading-zero
  • Decimal numbers
  • Padded by initial zeros
  • E.g. 01, 02, 03, … 98, 99
lower-roman
  • Lowercase roman numerals
  • E.g. i, ii, iii, iv, v…
upper-roman
  • Uppercase roman numerals
  • E.g. I, II, III, IV, V…
lower-greek
  • Lowercase classical Greek
  • alpha, beta, gamma…
  • E.g. α, β, γ…
lower-alpha
lower-latin
  • Lowercase ASCII letters
  • E.g. a, b, c, … z
  • lower-latin is unsupported in IE7 and earlier
  • See Browser compatibility section.
upper-alpha
upper-latin
  • Uppercase ASCII letters
  • E.g. A, B, C, … Z
  • upper-latin is unsupported in IE7 and earlier
arabic-indic
-moz-arabic-indic
  • Example
armenian
  • Traditional Armenian numbering
  • (ayb/ayp, ben/pen, gim/keem…
bengali
-moz-bengali
  • Example
cambodian *
  • Example
  • Is a synonym for khmer
cjk-earthly-branch
-moz-cjk-earthly-branch
  • Example
cjk-heavenly-stem
-moz-cjk-heavenly-stem
  • Example
cjk-ideographic
  • Identical to trad-chinese-informal
  • E.g. 一萬一千一百一十一
devanagari
-moz-devanagari
  • Example
ethiopic-numeric
  • Example
georgian
  • Traditional Georgian numbering
  • E.g. an, ban, gan, … he, tan, in…
gujarati
-moz-gujarati
  • Example
gurmukhi
-moz-gurmukhi
  • Example
hebrew
  • Traditional Hebrew numbering
hiragana
  • a, i, u, e, o, ka, ki, …
  • (Japanese)
hiragana-iroha
  • i, ro, ha, ni, ho, he, to, …
  • Iroha is the old japanese ordering of syllabs.
japanese-formal
  • Japanese formal numbering to be used in legal or financial document.
  • E.g., 壱萬壱阡壱百壱拾壱
  • The kanjis are designed so that they can't be modified to look like another correct one
japanese-informal
  • Japanese informal numbering
kannada
-moz-kannada
  • Example
katakana
  • A, I, U, E, O, KA, KI, …
  • (Japanese)
katakana-iroha
  • I, RO, HA, NI, HO, HE, TO, …
  • Iroha is the old japanese ordering of syllabs.
khmer
-moz-khmer
  • Example
korean-hangul-formal
  • Korean hangul numbering.
  • E.g., 일만 일천일백일십일
korean-hanja-formal
  • Formal Korean Han numbering.
  • E.g. 壹萬 壹仟壹百壹拾壹
korean-hanja-informal
  • Korean hanja numbering.
  • E.g., 萬 一千百十一
lao
-moz-lao
  • Example
lower-armenian *
  • Example
malayalam
-moz-malayalam
  • Example
mongolian
  • Example
myanmar
-moz-myanmar
  • Example
oriya
-moz-oriya
  • Example
persian
-moz-persian
  • Example
simp-chinese-formal
  • Simplified Chinese formal numbering.
  • E.g. 壹万壹仟壹佰壹拾壹
simp-chinese-informal
  • Simplified Chinese informal numbering.
  • E.g. 一万一千一百一十一
tamil
-moz-tamil
  • Example
telugu
-moz-telugu
  • Example
thai
-moz-thai
  • Example
tibetan *
  • Example
trad-chinese-formal
  • Traditional Chinese formal numbering.
  • E.g. 壹萬壹仟壹佰壹拾壹
trad-chinese-informal
  • Traditional Chinese informal numbering.
  • E.g. 一萬一千一百一十一
upper-armenian *
  • Example
disclosure-open
  • Symbol indicating that a disclosure widget such as <details> is opened.
disclosure-closed
  • Symbol indicating that a disclosure widget, like <details> is closed.

Non-standard extensions

A few more predefined types are provided by Mozilla (Firefox), Blink (Chrome and Opera) and WebKit (Safari) to support list types in other languages. See the compatibility table to check which browsers supports which extension.

-moz-ethiopic-halehame
  • Example
-moz-ethiopic-halehame-am
  • Example
ethiopic-halehame-ti-er
-moz-ethiopic-halehame-ti-er
  • Example
ethiopic-halehame-ti-et
-moz-ethiopic-halehame-ti-et
  • Example
hangul
-moz-hangul
  • Example
  • Example
  • Example
hangul-consonant
-moz-hangul-consonant
  • Example
  • Example
  • Example
urdu
-moz-urdu
  • Example

Formal syntax

<counter-style> | <string> | none

where
<counter-style> = <counter-style-name> | symbols()

where
<counter-style-name> = <custom-ident>

Examples

View the live example

ol { list-style-type: upper-alpha; }

/* or use the shortcut "list-style": */
ol { list-style: upper-alpha; }

Notes

  • Some types require a suitable font installed to display as expected.
  • The cjk-ideographic is identical to trad-chinese-informal; it exists for legacy reasons.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Counter Styles Level 3
The definition of 'list-style-type' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Redefines CSS2.1 counters.
Extends the syntax to support @counter-style rules.
Defines using @counter-style the usual style types: hebrew, cjk-ideographic, hiragana, hiragana-iroha, katakana, katakana-iroha, japanese-formal, japanese-informal, simp-chinese-formal, trad-chinese-formal, simp-chinese-formal, trad-chinese-formal,korean-hangul-formal, korean-hanja-informal, korean-hanja-formal, cjk-decimal, ethiopic-numeric, disclosure-open and disclosure-closed.
Extends <counter-style> with the symbols() functional notation.
CSS Lists and Counters Module Level 3
The definition of 'list-style-type' in that specification.
Working Draft Modify syntax to support for identifiers used in @counter-style rules to keywords.
Support for a simple <string>.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'list-style-type' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support including :
none, disc, circle, square, decimal, lower-alpha, upper-alpha, lower-roman, upper-roman
1.0 1.0 (1.0) 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
lower-latin, upper-latin, lower-greek, armenian, georgian 1.0 1.0 (1.0) 8.0 6.0 1.0 (85)
decimal-leading-zero 1.0 1.0 (1.0) 8.0 8.0 1.0 (85)
hebrew, cjk-ideographic, hiragana, hiragana-iroha, katakana, katakana-iroha 1.0 1.0 (1.0) Not supported 7.0 (but displays decimal numbers only)
15.0
1.0-1.2 (85-125)
japanese-formal, japanese-informal, simp-chinese-formal, trad-chinese-formal, simp-chinese-informal, trad-chinese-informal Not supported 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) -moz
28.0 (28.0)
Not supported Not supported Not supported
korean-hangul-formal, korean-hanja-informal, korean-hanja-formal, cjk-decimal Not supported 28.0 (28.0) Not supported Not supported

Not supported

 

ethiopic-numeric, persian, arabic-indic, devanagari, bengali, gurmukhi, gujarati, oriya, tamil, telugu, kannada, malayalam, thai, lao, myanmar, khmer, cjk-heavenly-stem, cjk-earthly-branch Not supported 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) -moz
33.0 (33.0) [1]
Not supported Not supported

Not supported

disclosure-open, disclosure-closed, mongolian Not supported 33.0 (33.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
<string> Not supported 39.0 (39.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

[1] Before Firefox 38, Gecko added a dot as suffix of the number for ethiopic-numeric (፫. instead of ፫). The later spec defined the absence of a suffix and Gecko was then adapted.

See also