CSS counter-reset 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-reset property creates or resets one or more counters.

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

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

Browser Support

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

counter-reset 4.0 8.0 2.0 3.1 9.6

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

CSS Syntax

counter-reset: none|name number|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description
none Default value. No counters will be reset
name The name defines which counter that should be reset
number The id defines which counter that should be reset. The number sets the value the counter is set to on each occurrence of the selector. The default reset 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-increment property

HTML DOM reference: counterReset property




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