CSS counter-increment Property


A way to number sections and sub-sections with "Section 1", "1.1", "1.2", etc.:

body {
    counter-reset: section;

h1 {
    counter-reset: subsection;

h1:before {
    counter-increment: section;
    content: "Section " counter(section) ". ";

h2:before {
    counter-increment: subsection;
    content: counter(section) "." counter(subsection) " ";

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Definition and Usage

The counter-increment property increments one or more counter values.

The counter-increment property is usually used together with the counter-reset property and the content property.

Default value: none
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS2
JavaScript syntax: object.style.counterIncrement = "subsection"; Try it

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

counter-increment 4.0 8.0 2.0 3.1 9.6

Note: IE8 supports the counter-increment property only if a !DOCTYPE is specified.

CSS Syntax

counter-increment: none|id|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description
none Default value. No counters will be incremented
id number The id defines which counter that should be incremented. The number sets how much the counter will increment on each occurrence of the selector. The default increment is 1. 0 or negative values, are allowed. If the id refers to a counter that has not been initialized by counter-reset, the default initial value is 0
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

Related Pages

CSS reference: :before pseudo element

CSS reference: :after pseudo element

CSS reference: content property

CSS reference: counter-reset property

HTML DOM reference: counterIncrement property




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