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Get your bullets aligned

Center custom list bullet points vertically

By-default the bullet points of an HTML lists <li> tag are vertically aligned to the top. Even if the text inside-of the <li> spans over multiple lines the bullet stays top aligned. When I was faced with this problem I was tempted to try changing the list-style-position css property of the <ul>. But contrary to it's name, list-style-position only changes whether the bullet point of your list is inside the <ul> html block or outside.

🔫 Vertically center your customer bullet list item

The approach I took requires you to put the text inside the <li>'s into <span>'s.

<ul class="real-bullets">
  <li><span>it's raining cats and dogs</span></li>
  <li><span>break a leg</span></li>
  <li><span>Give someone the benefit of the doubt</span></li>

next you need to vertically align your span inside the li with

li > span {
  display: inline-block;
  vertical-align: middle;

🤔 I'm not sure why display: inline-block; is necessary and display: inline; isn't enough. But that may be the topic for another day.

So vertical-algin is useful after all?

Before flexbox existed I often tried to vertical center boxes in layouts with vertical-align: middle and was wondering why it worked so rarely. Thanks to the mdn docs I now know that vertical-align only works in two use-cases.

  • To vertically align an inline element's box inside its containing inline box.
  • To vertically align content in a table cell.

So unless you build your layout with inline elements or tables you're out of luck if you're tyring to use vertical-align: middle for your page layout, like I did.