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HTML <ol> tag

The HTML <ol> element is used for creating an ordered list, typically rendered as a numbered list.

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Browser compatibility

The <ol> element is fully supported by all browsers:

<ol> yes yes yes yes yes


The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <ol> tag:

Attribute Value Description
compact compact Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies that the list should render smaller than normal
reversed reversed Indicates whether the list should be displayed in a descending order instead of a ascending
start number Defines the start value of an ordered list
type a
Specifies the kind of numbering type to use in the list

  • 'a' indicates lowercase letters,
  • 'A' indicates uppercase letters,
  • 'i' indicates lowercase Roman numerals,
  • 'I' indicates uppercase Roman numerals,
  • '1' indicates numbers (default).

Global Attributes

The <ol> tag supports the global attributes described in HTML Global Attributes Reference

Event Attributes

The <ol> tag supports the event attributes described in HTML Events Reference

More Examples

It is possible to get an ordered list to start with a number other than 1. This is done using the start attribute, which takes a numeric value:

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This example specifies different kind of numbering type to use in the list:

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Nested ordered and unordered list:

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The following example shows how you can change color of the list numbers:

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Last updated: Wednesday 26 Sep, 2018