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Designing with Nested HTML Lists

Nested HTML lists offer an abundance of uses; they're not just for navigation these days. If you want to learn how to get the most out of this common web site feature, keep reading; we'll explain how to use them in ways you might not have thought of yet.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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May 15, 2009
  1. · Designing with Nested HTML Lists
  2. · Using nested HTML lists
  3. · Coding multiple sub lists
  4. · Building a nested HTML list with multiple sub-levels

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Any web designer who has spent a long time building web sites knows that HTML lists play a role in displaying groups of bulleted items. Whether used in an ordered or unordered fashion, HTML lists are useful elements required for building most professional web page layouts.

In addition, in the last few years HTML lists have gained even more popularity. They're utilized for wrapping links in navigation bars, an approach that makes web sites much more accessible, particularly when viewed in a "naked version," that is, stripped of their CSS style sheets.

The functionality offered by HTML lists doesn't stop with building bulleted items or linear navigational user interfaces. It's also possible to nest their items, and display, for instance, information in a hierarchical fashion, or even create structured link bars that contain subsections.

Nested HTML lists are a logical extension of regular lists, and when used in a clever way, are one of the best approaches to take when it comes to displaying hierarchical data on web sites.

So, assuming that you're interested in learning the foundations of working with nested HTML lists in a truly painless fashion, in this series of articles I'll be providing you with a comprehensive guide that will show you how to use them in a few common cases, such as grouping web page elements in well-structured categories and building hierarchical navigation mechanisms.

Now that you know what to expect from this three-part series, it's time to move forward and start discovering the real power behind using nested HTML lists. Let's get started right now!

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