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Creating lists

One way to organize text in your Web pages is to use lists. Just click on the list format you want to learn about in the picture below.

[ Bulleted | Numbered | Definition ]


Bulleted Lists

Bulleted lists use shapes and indenting to show organization levels. Here's an example of a multi-level bulleted list. Lists with more than one level are called "nested" lists. Any of the three list types described on this page can be nested inside each other.

  • This is a bulleted list.
  • It's fairly straightforward.
    • This is the second level bulleted list.
    • Different browsers use different bullet styles for each list level.
      • Third level
        • Fourth level
        • next item
      • next item
  • next item

You can create lists by starting a list and adding items as you go. Or, you can format a group of paragraphs you have already typed as a list. Follow these steps to learn how.

  1. Put your text cursor in the space to the right, and then choose FormatList Bulleted List. You'll see a list bullet.
  2. Now type any text you want next to the bullet. Press Enter when you want to start a new item in the list.
  3. Put your cursor at the end of any item and choose FormatList Bulleted List, again. You'll see an indented bullet for the next list level. You can add items to this level the same way you added them to the first level.
  4. With your cursor at the end of an item in the second list level, choose FormatExit List Format. Your cursor will move to the outer list level and add a new item after this nested list.
  5. You can add items to the outer list level, or choose FormatExit List Format again to move your cursor outside all the list levels.
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You can also create lists by formatting existing paragraphs as a list.
  1. Type a few short paragraphs in the space to the right.
  2. Highlight the paragraphs you just typed.
  3. Choose FormatListBulleted List. All the paragraphs you highlighted become a new bulleted list.
  4. If you select some of the items in this list and format them as a list again, they become a nested list.



Numbered Lists

Numbered lists use numbers and indenting to show organization levels. Here's an example of a multi-level numbered list:

  1. This is a numbered list.
  2. It has
    four items.
  3. (The line without a number above was made by inserting a forced line break [Shift+Enter].)
    1. This is a nested list within the first list.
      1. And this is another nested list,
      2. and another item.
  4. This is the last item.

Creating a numbered list is almost the same as creating a bulleted list.

  1. Highlight the four paragraphs to the right with your mouse.
  2. Choose FormatListNumbered List to make this a numbered list.
  3. Put your cursor at the end of the paragraph that says "Create pages" and choose FormatParagraph New. This adds a new paragraph without adding a new numbered item.
  4. Type descriptions of some kinds of Web pages you can create. For example, "personal pages", "advertising", or "technical". After each kind of page, choose FormatParagraphNew.
  5. Highlight the paragraphs you just typed and choose FormatListBulleted List to create a nested list.
  6. Highlight the entire list in the box to the right with your mouse.
  7. Choose FormatRemove List Format. The outside list changes to regular paragraphs and the inner bulleted list is still there. Removing a list format removes only one list level at a time.
  8. Choose EditUndo. This undoes the last change you made. (You can use Undo several times to undo several actions.)
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Set goals. Decide what you want your audience to learn from your Web site.

Plan your navigational structure.

Create pages.

Test your web site with sample members of your audience.



Definition Lists

Every item in a definition list contains two parts, a term, and the definition of the term. The definition is a paragraph indented below the term. Here's an example:

Web server
The computer that stores the pages you see is called a "Web server". It runs software that sends pages and images to browsers.
Web client
On the Web, the "client" is your computer. You don't need to know about "client-server computing" to use AOLpress. In case you're curious, a "client" computer is one that sends requests to a "server". The "server" processes the request, and the "client" shows you the results.
  1. Highlight all the paragraphs to the right with your mouse.
  2. Choose FormatListDefinition List to make this a definition list.
  3. Put your cursor at the end of the definition for "publishing" and press Enter. This adds space for a new Term.
  4. Type a term you want to define. For example, "World Wide Web". Then, press Enter to add space for the Definition.
  5. Type your own definition of the term you typed.
  6. Put your cursor at the beginning of a term and choose FormatListDefinition. This changes the term to a definition and adds space for a new term. (You can also change definitions to terms.)
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Web site:

All your pages, images, and other files make up your "Web site".

Home page:

The first page you want people to see in your set of pages is called the "home page".

Publishing:

When you put your pages on the Web, you are "publishing" those pages. With AOLpress, publishing is as easy as saving a file with a word processor.

Now you know how to use lists. You can play with them here as much as you like. (You can use EditUndo to remove your latest changes, or you can click the toolbar button to reload the last saved version of the page.)

For more information, see the chapter on text and lists in the AOLpress User's Guide.

The next lesson shows you how to use tables. Don't forget to choose FileSave to save your changes to this page.


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