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Reverse Ordered Lists with CSS

von Manuel Strehl

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The other minute I’ve read an interesting article on the new HTML5 reversed attribute on ordered lists, that, who would have thought, reverses the counting. The article proposed a JavaScript polyfill.

However, I thought, that this should be possible with CSS counters alone, and lo, it works:

<ol style="conter-reset: c 6">

and this CSS snippet:

ol {
  list-style: none;
li {
  counter-increment: c -1;
li:before {
  content: counter(c) ". ";

É voila, the reverse ordered list is ready. And it uses only minimal extra markup in the form of a style attribute.

If you want to see it in action, I’ve put the example on JSFiddle.