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Formatted Lists

8.8 Appropriate List Usage

In general, use unordered lists for:

  • Hotlists and other link collections

  • Short, nonsequenced groups of text

  • Emphasizing the high points of a presentation

In general, use ordered lists for:

  • Tables of content

  • Instruction sequences

  • Sets of sequential sections of text

  • Assigning numbers to short phrases that can be referenced elsewhere

In general, use definition lists for:

  • Glossaries

  • Custom bullets (make the item after the <dt> tag an icon-sized bullet image)

  • Any list of name/value pairs

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