Description List

The <dl>, <dt> and <dd> tags.


A description list represents an association list consisting of zero or more name-value groups. It maintains the many-to-many relationship between names and values (ex: terms and definitions, metadata topics and values, questions and answers, or any other groups of name-value data).

The <dl> element encloses a list of groups of terms (specified using the <dt> element) and descriptions (provided by <dd> elements). Common uses for this element are to implement a glossary or to display metadata (a list of key-value pairs).

Working Examples

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Best Practices

  • Every list should have a pairing (name-value).

  • Lists should not be nested within each other.

Interaction Design

Description lists themselves are not interactive, but may contain nested interactive elements (such as links).

Developer Guide

A description list requires no ARIA.

    <dd>Remy Sharp</dd>
    <dd>Rich Clark</dd>
    <dd>Brandan Lennox</dd>

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