I'm trying to display a menu using wp_nav_menu(). The default markup that the function generates is a menu parented by a <ul> tag like so:

    <li><a>Menu 1</a></li>
    <li><a>Menu 2</a></li>
    <li><a>Menu 3</a></li>

My question is, is there a way to display a menu using the <ol> tag instead of the default <ul> tag?

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You can make use of the items_wrap parameter to achieve this. For example like this:

'items_wrap' => '<ol id="%1$s" class="%2$s">%3$s</ol>'

More information at codex: wp_nav_menu.

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    This answer makes the top-most level <ul> into <ol>. However, submenus will still be rendered using <ul> Dec 1, 2014 at 14:08
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    Then you have to extend and customize the Walker_Nav_Menu class. Take a look around there are plenty of answers concerning this around. @AbelMelquiadesCallejo Dec 1, 2014 at 14:10

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