Noupe Editorial Team July 7th, 2008

CSS-Styled Lists: 20+ Demos, Tutorials and Best Practices

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When we think about CSS-Styled lists, different ideas come to mind but that rusty old image of bulleted items is not one of them anymore. There are lots of different methods to format nice HTML lists that is used in most web designs not only for navigation menu (vertical or horizontal) but for formatting many design blocks in a stylish and elegant manner. In this article, we’ll have a look at how such lists can create a whole new look, feel, and effect of a site.

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Different Uses of Styled Lists

1-Custom Select Box

Ordered Lists


<dl class="dropdown">
<dt id="two-ddheader" onmouseover="ddMenu('two',1)" onmouseout="ddMenu('two',-1)" class="module">Recent Archives</dt>

<dd id="two-ddcontent" onmouseover="cancelHide('two')" onmouseout="ddMenu('two',-1)">
<ul>
	<li><a href='http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/06/' title='June 2008'>June 2008</a></li>
	<li><a href='http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/05/' title='May 2008'>May 2008</a></li>
	<li><a href='http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/04/' title='April 2008'>April 2008</a></li>
</ul>
</dd>
</dl>

2-Code Blocks

Ordered Lists


<div id="portfolio">
<ul id="gallery">
<li><img src="/{client}/before.jpg" /></li>
<li><img src="/{client}/sketch.jpg" /></li>
<li><img src="/{client}/wireframe.jpg" /></li>
<li><img src="/{client}/after.jpg" /></li>
</ul>
<img id="frame" width="580" height="415" src="frame.png" />
<ul id="sequence">
<li id="before"><a href="/{client}/before.jpg"><a></li>
<li id="sketch"><a href="/{client}/sketch.jpg"><a></li>
<li id="wireframe"><a href="/{client}/wireframe.jpg"><a></li>
<li id="after"><a href="/{client}/after.jpg"><a></li>
</ul>
<a id="launch" rel="external" href="{url}">
<img src="launch.png" alt="Launch this site" />
</a>
</div>

3-Tabs

unOrdered Lists


<ul id="home_button">
  <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_welcome_content','home_button_welcome')" id="home_button_welcome" class="on">Welcome</a></li>
  <!-- <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_mymonterey_content','home_button_mymonterey')" id="home_button_mymonterey">My Monterey</a></li> -->
  <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_visitors_content','home_button_visitors')" id="home_button_visitors">Visitor's Guide</a></li>
  <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_multimedia_content','home_button_multimedia')" id="home_button_multimedia">Multimedia Gallery</a></li>
  <!-- <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_travelblog_content','home_button_travel')" id="home_button_travel">Travel Blog</a></li> -->
  <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_weather_content','home_button_weather')" id="home_button_weather">Weather</a></li>
  <li><a href="javascript:void(0)" onMouseOver="showContent('home_surf_content','home_button_surf')" id="home_button_surf">Surf Report</a></li>
</ul>


4-Post’s Information

unOrdered Lists


<ul>
  <li class="dateposted">Posted on: 19th November 2006</li>
  <li>Posted by: <a href="http://ifelse.co.uk">Phu</a></li>
  <li>Number of comments: <a href="http://ifelse.co.uk/archives/2006/11/19/cssedit-2-review/#comments">29</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://ifelse.co.uk/archives/2006/11/19/cssedit-2-review/#commentform">Add a comment</a></li>
</ul>

5-Popular Posts Block

unOrdered Lists


6-Blog’s Comment

unOrdered Lists


7-CSS Galleries

unOrdered Lists


8-Text Blocks

unOrdered Lists


Tutorials and Examples

1-Nested lists used to create a simple folder metaphore– A rough and ready example showing how to make a folder analalogy using a nested list.

unOrdered Lists


2-Mini Slide Navigation

unOrdered Lists


3-html vs css pt2/navigation lists– This article will take a closer look at navigation lists and how an extra span + optional extra class can make our css work easier.

 /* html code */  <li><a class="item"> nav item </a></li>  <li class="active"><span class="item"> nav item </span></li>  /* css code */  li .item {display:block; padding:0.5em;}  /* css code alternative */  li a, li span {display:block; padding:0.5em;}

4-Floating next and back buttons using lists– For this exercise, you want to float a “back” button to the left and a “next” button to the right. You could use two divs, but to make it simpler you will use two list items.

unOrdered Lists


 /* html code */  <li><a class="item"> nav item </a></li>  <li class="active"><span class="item"> nav item </span></li>  /* css code */  li .item {display:block; padding:0.5em;}  /* css code alternative */  li a, li span {display:block; padding:0.5em;}

5-Safe Lists Next to Left-Floated Elements– There are lots of different methods to format nice html lists. But are those methods reliable in all contexts and in all browsers? In this article, we’ll have a look at a simple context: a list with some left-floated element next to it.

unOrdered Lists


6-Style Your Ordered List– Here is a quick CSS tutorial on how you can use the ordered list (ol) and paragraph (p) element to design a stylish numbered list.

unOrdered Lists


7-Centering List Items Horizontally– Slightly Trickier Than You Might Think

unOrdered Lists


8-Advanced CSS Menu Trick– Instead of simply altering the state of the navigation item the user is currently rolling over, we want to alter the non navigation items as well. This will help focus the users attention on the item they have selected on, and create a new look and feel for the site overall.

unOrdered Lists


9-A Stripe of List Style Inspiration– Instead of simply altering the state of the navigation item the user is currently rolling over, we want to alter the non navigation items as well. This will help focus the users attention on the item they have selected on, and create a new look and feel for the site overall.

unOrdered Lists



Further Reading on CSS-Styled Lists

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31 comments

  1. Hello!
    thank you for this, good stuff. Question though, your using wordpress for this site, are you able to use any of these?

  2. I’m disappointed noupe, a selection of poorly designed lists to be honest, first time i’ve been put off by your posts….gah maybe it’s just the advanced css menu trick that I liked but I mean who hasn’t heard or seen or even done that you know?

    Anyway, happy belated 4th of july to noupe :)

  3. Lists are always a simple way to create menus. Plus, it’s 100% W3C ready and it increases SEO.

    It’s easy to tune them with CSS, I don’t consider making menus without lists.

    Great links, thank you !

  4. wrong, wrong, wrong. Learn about graceful degradation and semantics before you show off your “best practices”.
    This is clearly not it.

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