How to select only top-level li in recursive menu?

Tags: jquery,html,css,dom

Problem :

How do I select only first-level li's? If I do 'ul li', it also selects the children. Is there a way to select only the top level and not the children using CSS? If not, I am ok with using jQuery, but how would I select it in that case too?

    <li class="administration first">
        <a href="/administration.aspx"><span>Administration</span></a>
            <li class="users first selected"><a href="/administration/users.aspx"><span>Users</span></a></li>
            <li class="forms last"><a href="/administration/forms.aspx"><span>Forms</span></a></li>
        <div style="clear: both;"></div>
    <li class="analytics"><a href="/analytics.aspx"><span>Analytics</span></a></li>
    <li class="options"><a href="/options.aspx"><span>Options</span></a></li>
    <li class="system last"><a href="/system.aspx"><span>System</span></a></li>

Solution :

You would need the element or class which is above the first ul, then specify {parent-selector} > ul > li.

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