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Chapter 7. Formatted Lists > Definition Lists

7.5. Definition Lists

HTML and XHTML also support a list style entirely different from the ordered and unordered lists we've discussed so far: definition lists. Like the entries you find in a dictionary or encyclopedia, complete with text, pictures, and other multimedia elements, the definition list is the ideal way to present a glossary, list of terms, or other name/value lists.

7.5.1. The <dl> Tag

The definition list is enclosed by the <dl> and </dl> tags. Within the tags, each item in a definition list is composed of two parts: a term followed by its definition or explanation. Instead of <li>, each item name in a <dl> list is marked with the <dt> tag, followed by the item's definition or explanation as it is marked by the <dd> tag.


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