Supun Kavinda
May 12, 2020 ⋅ 4 min read

Styling numbered lists with CSS counters

Supun Kavinda I started as a self-taught PHP developer before creating my own company, Hyvor. I am particularly interested in physics and machine learning.

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4 Replies to "Styling numbered lists with CSS counters"

  1. You cannot just get rid of semantics and splash divs everywhere nilly-willy. That’s not how HTML works.

  2. One of the problems here is getting everything to line up nicely and work when using paragraphs that wrap in smaller screens. Solution: Apply the before pseudo class to a span element as follows:
    The thinking is done for you. You don’t have to worry about logistics at all.
    Wrap the li content in a div to be able to apply top padding if preferred:

    ol.numbered-list {
    display: flex;
    flex-wrap: wrap;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    list-style: none;
    counter-reset: list-number;
    ol.numbered-list li {
    counter-increment: list-number;
    margin-bottom: 7px;
    display: flex;
    width: 90%;
    vertical-align: middle;

    ol.numbered-list span {
    display: inline-block;
    vertical-align: middle;
    ol.numbered-list div {
    display: inline-block;
    vertical-align: middle;
    padding-top: 4px;

    ol.numbered-list li span:before {
    content: counter(list-number);

    margin-right: 10px;
    background-color: #0191C8;
    border-radius: 50%;
    color: #FFF;
    width: 2rem;
    height: 2rem;
    padding-top: 0.3rem;
    display: inline-block;
    text-align: center;
    font-size: 16px;
    box-sizing: border-box;

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