Examples might be simplified to improve reading and basic understanding. The ol element represents a list (or sequence) of items; that is, a list in which the items are intentionally ordered, such that changing the order would change the meaning of the list. Permitted attributes # global attributes & start & reversed & type global attributes Any attributes permitted globally. HTML Reference HTML by Alphabet HTML by Category HTML Attributes HTML Global Attributes HTML Events HTML Canvas HTML Audio/Video HTML Doctypes HTML URL Encode HTML Language Codes HTML Country Codes HTTP Messages HTTP Methods PX to EM Converter Keyboard Shortcuts HTML Tags - HTML Tag Previous Complete HTML Reference Next Example 2 different ordered lists: Coffee Tea Milk Coffee Tea Milk Try it Yourself Definition and Usage The tag defines an ordered list. The deprecated START attribute suggests the starting number for the list and defaults to 1. Old Lancastrians, alumni of Lancaster Royal Grammar School, England. reversed = "reversed" or "" (empty string) or empty NEW # If present, indicates that the list is a descending list (&, 3, 2, 1). The start attribute on the ol element was deprecated in a previous version of HTML, but is no longer deprecated, as it has meaning and is not simply presentational.