The purpose of a list is to make it easier for the reader to
understand sequences of information and collections of like information.
Different types of lists are used for different information structures.
Types of lists
There are four semantically-distinct general purpose list types in DITA, each of which is typically rendered differently in the output.
Definition lists versus tables
Definition lists should be used for structuring terms and their corresponding definitions, rather than an alternative table structure.
Lists within paragraphs
Whether a list is contained within a paragraph, or whether it occurs as a separate parallel block after the paragraph, depends on the context. If the paragraph contains a lead-in to the list, then that list is bound to the paragraph, and the list should be a child of the paragraph.
Controlling number (enumeration) type
The style of numbers and symbols used in lists is applied by the publishing tool during processing. To use different number types, you must change the processing templates or routines.