type (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

type=" { circle | disc | square | a | A | i | I | 1 } "

Description

When the type attribute is applied to an li, it lets the web page author change the style of the glyph for this list item, overriding the style set with the type attribute at the parent ul or ol level, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Changing one list item glyph style using the type attribute One list item glyph style changed using the type attribute

This attribute is now deprecated, and is highly presentational in its nature. The desired visual effects can all be achieved with CSS and, as such, this attribute shouldn’t be used—it’s presented here for informational purposes only.

Example

The example below shows one item in an unordered list with the type set to "circle":

<ul>
  <li>Eggs</li>
  <li type="circle">Cheese</li>
  <li>Milk</li>
  <li>Papadums</li>
  <li>Tickle-me Elmo</li>
  <li>Dr Who Remote Control Dalek</li>
</ul>

Value

This attribute’s value options, and their rendering of the first ten list items, are as follows (provided the li to which the type is applied is inside an ordered list, ol):

  • "a": a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j
  • "A": A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J
  • "i": i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x
  • "I": I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X
  • "1": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (default)

If the li in question is inside an unordered list (ul), the options are "disc" (the browser default: a filled circle), "circle" (an outline of a circle, not filled in), and "square" (a filled square, not an outline).

Compatibility

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Good support is provided for the type attribute, but given that it’s a deprecated attribute whose effects can be achieved using CSS, you should simply avoid using it.

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