Lists and Procedures

Paligo has many different types of lists and procedures that you can use in your content. Each type of list has a different purpose and underlying structure, for example, there are bullet lists, procedures, numbered lists, and specialized lists for questions and answers and much more.

To get started with lists, we recommend that you learn about the commonly used list types. You can then refer to the relevant help articles to learn how to create lists, and order, reuse, and convert them.

You can also check out this video for some tips on working with lists.

Types of List

There are many different types of list available in Paligo. The most commonly used lists are:

  • Itemized lists

    Also known as bullet lists or unordered lists. Each list item has a disc prefix by default. Use these for lists where the order of the list items is not important.


    Example of itemized list

  • Ordered lists

    Also known as numbered lists. Each list item has a number prefix. Use these for lists where the order is important, but it is not related to step-by-step instructions. For example, if you had a topic with chart positions, such as a "Top 10 reasons to recycle the battery" then the order is important, but the sequence is not step-by-step instructions.


    Example of ordered list

  • Procedures

    Use procedures for your step-by-step instructions. Each list item is a step, and the structure of the elements is designed specifically for a process.


    Example of procedure


    Tasks are also types of procedures, but they are more formal and have additional elements available.

To learn how to add itemized lists, procedures, and ordered lists, see Create a List or Procedure.

There are also several other types of list that you can use, including:

  • Checklists

    Also known as to-do lists, these lists have list items with a checkbox prefix. For HTML outputs, the checkbox is interactive so readers can select it to toggle it checked/cleared. For PDF, you can choose whether the checkboxes are cleared or checked, but there is no interactivity.

    Example of checklists in PDF output. They are shown as checkboxes.

    To find out how to add checklists, see Checklists.

  • Tasks

    These are more formal versions of procedures. They have some additional elements available that you cannot use with regular procedures. You can find out about the extra elements and the different structure in Tasks.

  • Question-and-Answer Lists

    Use these lists for frequently-asked-questions lists, where you have a series of questions and answers. To find out how to create question-and-answer lists, see Question and Answer Lists (FAQs).

  • Callout Lists

    These lists are designed for adding annotations to code samples in your content. To find out more, see Callout Lists.

    A code sample. In the code, there are callout icons labelled 1 and 2. Below the code, there are matching 1 and 2 callout icons, each with a text description of the corresponding line of code.
  • Variable Lists

    Also known as description lists, these lists look like borderless tables and are for describing terms. To find out more, see Variable List (Description List).

    Example of a variable list in PDF output. It looks like a table with no borders or lines and each row has a term and a description.