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Horizontal Bulleted Lists Using CSS

If you want to create an unordered list in HTML (<ul>) that lists items horizontally while maintaining the bullets this bit of code should help you. This method is more flexible than display: inline, display: inline-block or float: left, allowing you to control the styles used for the bullet.

CSS

.list-horizontal li {
  display:inline-block;
}
.list-horizontal li:before {
  content: '\00a0\2022\00a0\00a0';
  color:#999;
  color:rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
  font-size:11px;
}
.list-horizontal li:first-child:before {
  content: '';
}

HTML

<ul class="list-horizontal">
    <li>Inline list item #1</li>
    <li>Inline list item #2</li>
    <li>Inline list item #3</li>
    <li>Inline list item #4</li>
    <li>Inline list item #5</li>
</ul>

The last CSS selector will remove a bullet from the first item, which is ideal in for design in some circumstances. If you want the first item to include a bullet just remove the .list-horizontal li:first-child:before styles.

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