jQuery: Numbering an Unordered List

Here’s a very simple script which adds numbers sequentially to an unordered list using jQuery
Let us assume you have an unordered list as shown below:

To add numbers to it sequentially, use this code:

<script type="text/javascript"
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function () {
        $('ul > li').each(function () {
            $(this).prepend("(" + 
                ($(this).index() + 1) + ") ");

As you can see, we are using the jQuery Prepend function to insert numbers to the beginning of each element in the set of matched elements.


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Suprotim Agarwal
Suprotim Agarwal, Developer Technologies MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) is the founder and contributor for DevCurry, DotNetCurry and SQLServerCurry. He is the Chief Editor of a Developer Magazine called DNC Magazine. He has also authored two Books - 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls. and The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

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