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This template provides a WCAG/ISO-standards-compliant accessible alternative to <br /> separated lists, per WP:UBLIST and WP:PLIST


{{plainlist}} starts a plain (i.e. unbulleted) list, such as:

It uses proper HTML list markup, which is more standards-compliant and more accessible than separating list items with <br />. Detailed reasons for using this template can be found at WP:UBLIST.

This template can be used with or without {{endplainlist}}. It is an alternative to {{unbulleted list}}, which performs the same function in a more concise but less wiki-style manner. Note that {{unbulleted list}} will work inside image captions, whereas {{plainlist}} does not.


* [[cat]]
* [[dog]]
* [[horse]]
* [[cow]]
* [[sheep]]
* [[pig]]

Alternative syntax

* [[cat]]
* [[dog]]
* [[horse]]
* [[cow]]
* [[sheep]]
* [[pig]]

Optional parameters

  • class – adds a CSS class to the containing div.
  • style – adds CSS style options. Complex styles should not be used in articles (per wp:deviations) but may be acceptable on user, project, and talk pages.
Example: |style=border:solid 1px silver; background:lightyellow
  • indent – indents the list by a number of standard indents (one indent being 1.6em), particularly handy for inclusion in an indented discussion thread.
Example: |indent=2

Controlling line-breaking

Template {{nbsp}} may be used with {{wbr}} and {{nowrap}} to control line-breaking in bulletless lists, to prevent wrapped long entries from being confused with multiple entries. See Template:Wbr/doc#Controlling line-breaking in infoboxes for details.

Technical details

{{Plainlist}} works by constructing a div with the CSS class "plainlist" which has the following style:

.plainlist ul {
    line-height: inherit;
    list-style: none none;
    margin: 0;
.plainlist ul li {
    margin-bottom: 0;


See also