Product Name

List Groups

List Groups create simple vertical lists as well as complex, multi-level collections of Links and other elements.

Variations

Default

Use to offer a vertical list of options.

<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> My Profile </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Manage Alerts &amp; Subscriptions </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Update Credit Card </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> My Benefits </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Help </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Sign Out </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> My Profile </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item  mds-list-group__item--disabled">
            <a href="http://www.morningstar.com" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Disabled Item </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Manage Alerts &amp; Subscriptions </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Update Credit Card </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> My Benefits </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Sign Out </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>

Single Selection

Single Selection
<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Small </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item  mds-list-group__item--highlighted">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Medium </span>
                <svg class="mds-icon mds-list-group__link-icon" aria-hidden="true">
                    <use xlink:href="/assets/icons/mds_icons.svg#check--s"> </use>
                </svg>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Large </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
  • Use the check--s Icon to indicate a choice made by a user.
Color change and icon indicate current location.

Use to create navigation, and include an active-item indicator.

<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item  mds-list-group__item--highlighted">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Color </span>
                <svg class="mds-icon mds-list-group__active-icon" aria-hidden="true">
                    <use xlink:href="/assets/icons/mds_icons.svg#angle-right--s"> </use>
                </svg>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Typography </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Space </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Icons </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Constants </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
  • Indicate the active item or current page with caret-right--s Icon.
Color change and icon indicate current location.

Subsection

Use to nest list items within an expandable parent section.

Subsection
<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Home </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--drawer-toggle">
            <input type="checkbox" class="mds-list-group__sublist-toggle-input" id="mds-list-group__item-sublist--92876">
            <label for="mds-list-group__item-sublist--92876" class="mds-list-group__sublist-toggle">
                <svg class="mds-icon mds-list-group__sublist-toggle-icon" aria-hidden="true">
                    <use xlink:href="/assets/icons/mds_icons.svg#triangle-fill-down--s"> </use>
                </svg>
                <span class="mds-list-group__sublist-toggle-text">Investment Workbooks</span>
            </label>
            <ul class="mds-list-group__sublist">
                <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--sublist">
                    <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                        <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> View All </span>
                    </a>
                </li>
                <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--sublist">
                    <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                        <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Create New </span>
                    </a>
                </li>
            </ul>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--drawer-toggle">
            <input type="checkbox" class="mds-list-group__sublist-toggle-input" id="mds-list-group__item-sublist--99983" checked>
            <label for="mds-list-group__item-sublist--99983" class="mds-list-group__sublist-toggle">
                <svg class="mds-icon mds-list-group__sublist-toggle-icon" aria-hidden="true">
                    <use xlink:href="/assets/icons/mds_icons.svg#triangle-fill-down--s"> </use>
                </svg>
                <span class="mds-list-group__sublist-toggle-text">Morningstar Research</span>
            </label>
            <ul class="mds-list-group__sublist">
                <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--sublist mds-list-group__item--highlighted">
                    <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                        <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Latest </span>
                        <svg class="mds-icon mds-list-group__active-icon" aria-hidden="true">
                            <use xlink:href="/assets/icons/mds_icons.svg#angle-right--s"> </use>
                        </svg>
                    </a>
                </li>
                <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--sublist">
                    <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                        <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Videos </span>
                    </a>
                </li>
                <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--sublist">
                    <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                        <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Topics </span>
                    </a>
                </li>
                <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--sublist">
                    <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                        <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Publications </span>
                    </a>
                </li>
            </ul>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
  • Use when creating a complex navigation with two or more items per subsection.
  • Parent sections are never links. Instead, their label should describe the subsections within.
  • Collapse subsections by default.
Do make a subsection that contains a single item in to a top-level item.
Do make a subsection that contains a single item in to a top-level item.
Don‘t put a single item in a subsection.
Don‘t put a single item in a subsection.

With Heading

Add a heading to a list group to communicate the theme of the list.

<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--header"> Visual Style </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Color </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Typography </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Space </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item mds-list-group__item--header"> Components </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Buttons </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Forms </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> List Groups </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
  • Create hierarchy within navigation.
  • Give context or meaning to items within a list.

Metadata

Use metadata to provide additional information about the list item(s).

<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item  mds-list-group__item--highlighted">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Workbooks </span>
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-metadata"> 24 </span>
                <svg class="mds-icon mds-list-group__active-icon" aria-hidden="true">
                    <use xlink:href="/assets/icons/mds_icons.svg#angle-right--s"> </use>
                </svg>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Lists &amp; Screens </span>
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-metadata"> 15 </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Column Sets </span>
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-metadata"> 19 </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
  • Use when quantifying objects contained in the list item, i.e., there are 24 workbooks in the above example.
  • Use when providing a last-updated date or time stamp.

Sizing

<div class="mds-list-group-example">
    <ul class="mds-list-group mds-list-group--small">
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> My Profile </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Manage Alerts &amp; Subscriptions </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Update Credit Card </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> My Benefits </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Help </span>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mds-list-group__item ">
            <a href="#" class="mds-list-group__link">
                <span class="mds-list-group__item-label"> Sign Out </span>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>

Guidelines

Use When

  • Creating vertical navigation.
  • Displaying options within a Menu.

Don’t Use When

  • Displaying tabular data. Instead, use a Data Table.

Visual Language

Do use no underline Links in list groups.
Do use no underline Links in list groups.
Don‘t use underlined Links.
Don‘t use underlined Links.
  • When used for a right-hand navigation, omit the selected row icon and indicate the active item using only the active state of the list item.

Behaviors

  • Afford interactions—hovers and a clickable region—for the entire item block, not just the label.

Editorial

  • Try to keep list items brief and around the same word count.
  • Fewer than four words per list item is preferred, but no more than six.
  • Similar to the philosophy of Links, list items should deliver exactly what we’re calling them.
  • If you’re constructing a list of all nouns, try to do the same throughout the list.
  • If you’re constructing a list of all commands, keep them all in the active tense, for example:
    • Open / Save / Copy / Print / Quit
    • Create a task / Share with a colleague / Print this report

Accessibility

All Link accessibility guidelines apply to list groups.

Code Reference

CSS Class References

Class
Applies to
Outcome

.mds-list-group--large

.mds-list-group

Increases the font size and padding of each list group item.

.mds-list-group--small

.mds-list-group

Decreases the font size and padding of each list group item.

.mds-list-group__item--separator-before

.mds-list-group__item--sublist

Adds a horizontal separator above the sublist item.

.mds-list-group__item--sublist

.mds-list-group__item

Adds left margin and decreases font size of a list item to create a parent-child hierarchy.

.mds-list-group__item--header

.mds-list-group__item

Creates an eyebrow heading style for the list item.

.mds-list-group__item--highlighted

.mds-list-group__item

Changes the color of a list item to denote “selected”, “active”, or “highlighted”.

.mds-list-group__item--disabled

.mds-list-group__item

Changes the opacity of list item to make it look inactive and prevents the link from being clicked.

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