8.1. Tag unordered lists with <ul> and <li>

Use the <ul> and <li> elements to mark up lists of items which can appear in any order (menus, tabs, sharing buttons, site map, etc.).

If required, make sure that lists are properly nested:

<ul>
   <li>First item of first level</li>
   <li>
      Second item of first level 
      <ul>
         <li>First item of second level</li>
         <li>Second item of second level</li>
      </ul>
   </li>
   <li>Third item of first level</li>
</ul>

What are the advantages?

Structuring lists is essential for people using a screen reader (blind or visually impaired). When they come across a structured list, they are able to:

  • Navigate from list to list within a page.
  • Know from the start the number of elements in the list.
  • Navigate more easily through the list:
    • Go directly to the end of the list if they are not interested in the content.
    • Easily return to the top of the list.

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