Separating Lists

In AsciiDoc, lists items have natural affinity towards one another. If adjacent lines start with the same list marker, they are joined together into the same list, even if separated by empty lines. If the adacent line starts with a different list marker, even if offset by empty lines, it will be placed into a nested list.

These rules make it easier to keep list items together in a single list. However, they can present a challenge if what you want is to create separate lists. Fortunately, there are ways to force a change to this behavior. The techniques described on this page work for all list types.

Using a line comment

To force lists apart, you can insert a line comment (i.e., //) surrounded by empty lines on either side between the two lists.

Here’s an example that shows where to place the line comment to separate two adjacent unordered lists. The - following the line comment prefix is a hint to authors to indicate that the comment line serves as an “end of list” marker:

* Apples
* Oranges

//-

* Walnuts
* Almonds

This technique works for seperating any type of list.

Using an block attribute line

Another way to start a new list is to place a block attribute line (even an empty one) above the second list, offset by an empty line.

Here’s an example that shows where to place the block attribute line to separate unordered and ordered lists that are adjacent.

* Apples
* Oranges

[]
. Wash
. Slice

The preceding empty line is important. If that were not present, the ordered list would still be nested inside the ordered list. If the second list requires block attributes, you can add them to the block attribute line.

This technique works for seperating any type of list.