Unordered List apacing in IE and Firefox

Posted on 2006-06-25
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Last Modified: 2008-03-28

I have a simple ul set up in html as follows :

             <li>Point One</li>
             <li>Point Two</li>
             <li>Point Three</li>
             <li>Point Four</li>

and in my CSS for the ul all I have is :

  list-style-image: url(pathtogif/bull.gif);
  list-style-type: circle;

In Firefox this shows as nicely indented list using my gif.  In IE it also indents it (which I want), however, the spacing between the bukket points in IE is greatly reduced.

I guess I have a couple of questions :

a) What is the default padding/margin that it is applying

b) What values do I need to set in my CSS so that IE renders the list in the same way as Firefox ie. slightly more space between each li item

Question by:JoHarris
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Accepted Solution

GrandSchtroumpf earned 1000 total points
ID: 16978269
Note the the "bullet" is called a "marker".

Its location is controlled by the "marker-offset" CSS property:

Unfortunately, a lot of browsers don't support that property...  If i remember correctly Opera supports it.  I don't know about Safari.

You can try adding some padding-left to the <li>...
Another solution is to use your image as background-image on your <li> and combine that with some margins and padding then you should get consistant behaviour on all browsers.

The default marker offset is completely different in IE and FF.  Seems like one calculates it from the left of the marker, the other from the right of the marker.  No matter what you do, you'll get inconsitant behaviour

Author Comment

ID: 16979117
Thanks for that.  How about the vertical spacing - is this a know problem too.

For example in ie the list displays as follows:

Point One
Point Two
Point Three
Point Four

Where as firefox displays it with more vertical space :

Point One

Point Two

Point Three

Point Four
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Expert Comment

ID: 16979905
using image markers is known to be inconsistant.
maybe you can use a background-image instead.
if you need to use one browser as a reference, use Opera or Safari... those are the browsers that best respect the standards.  Firefox is pretty good at respecting the standards too, but still has some bugs/mistakes, especially with lists items.

Author Comment

ID: 17004165
That's smashing - thanks for the help!

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