Specifying a List Type for a Style

You can specify the type of list (e.g., circle, square, decimal, upper alpha) for a style.

How to Use a Style to Select a List Type

  1. From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.
  2. From the Medium drop-down in the Stylesheet Editor, make sure the proper medium is selected before you begin. In the Advanced view, you can open multiple mediums at once; you just need to look at the title at the top of the medium pane and make sure you are working in the correct one. If you are not using stylesheet mediums for your different outputs or if you want all mediums to have the same settings, just leave the medium set to default and continue.

    Mediums can be used if you want to use one group of settings for online output types and another group of settings for print-based output types. For example, you might use the default medium for your online outputs and the print medium for your print outputs. See Mediums and Media Queries.

    Please note that Flare remembers the last medium that you used when working in the stylesheet, so it may or may not be the one that you want to use the next time around.

  3. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays . If the button displays instead, then click it.
  4. In the upper-left corner of the editor, click in the drop-down field and select .
  5. Select a list style. For example, you can select ol for ordered (numbered) lists, ul for unordered (e.g., bullet) lists, or li for individual list items. You can select the parent style (e.g., li), or you can select a class that you may have created for that tag (e.g., li.Bold, li.Italic). For more information about the ol, ul, and li styles for lists, see Editing List Styles.
  6. From the Show drop-down list on the upper-right side of the editor, select .
  7. (Optional) You can use the toggle button in the local toolbar to show properties below in a group view or an alphabetical view .
  8. If you are using the grouped view, expand the List group. 
  9. To the right of list-style-type, click and select a list type. There are several from which to choose. You may want to select different ones and view the results before settling on the one you want.

    Also, if the list-style-image field is pointing to an image, select (default) from that field to remove the image reference; otherwise, it will override the option you should from the list-style-type field.

  10. Click to save your work.

Advanced Selectors and Lists

An advanced (or "complex") selector lets you format content based on very specific criteria. You can use advanced selectors when creating lists to automatically use different styles for each level in a multi-level list. For example, you could create a multi-level numbered list that uses a regular number in bold for the first-level ol, a lower-alpha number in italics for the second-level ol (i.e., the "ol ol" advanced selector), and a lower-Roman number for the third-level ol (i.e., the "ol ol ol" advanced selector). It could also be a combination numbered and bulleted list. For example, in the "ol ul ol ol" advanced selector, a numbered list is used for the first, third, and fourth levels, and a bulleted list is used for the second level. For more about complex selectors, see Advanced Selectors.

Example Here is an example of a multi-level ordered list.

You want to add an advanced selector so each level of the list will use a different style. To do this, you need to create (or edit) three different styles: the ol style, the ol ol advanced selector (for <ol> tags residing inside another <ol> tag), and the ol ol ol advanced selector (for <ol> tags residing inside two other <ol> tags).

You already have an ol style in your stylesheet, so you can edit this style. This will affect the first level of your list.

Now you create a new ol ol advanced selector, if it doesn't already exist. This selector will be found in the Complex Selectors group in the Stylesheet Editor. You edit the style properties for second-level lists.

Now you create another advanced selector: ol ol ol. You edit the style properties for third-level lists.

When you view the multi-level list in your topic, it looks like this:

What’s Next?

After editing a style, you can apply it to content in a topic or snippet. See Applying Styles to Content.