Lists and PowerPoint accessibility are essential for Section 508 compliance. This post will cover the difference between unordered and ordered lists, and how to apply them in PowerPoint.
- Lists in PowerPoint Accessibility Video Overview
- How to apply lists in PowerPoint
Lists in PowerPoint Accessibility Video Overview
This video is going to show users how to apply lists in PowerPoint for accessibility purposes.
Lists are great from an accessibility standpoint because they provide structured order to content in a linear fashion. Lists are recommended as potential replacements for simple tables, as tables can be more difficult to navigate, and sometimes, we provide info in tables that really would be better suited to lists.
You can use lists inside of lists, or nested lists, just check to make sure they are coded properly. Lists should always be checked to make sure that the list items are really contained within one list, check to make sure that spacing does not break a list into multiple individual points, and use the proper techniques described below to create lists. You should never rely on indentation to provide a visual list, use the proper structure instead.
Unordered lists or Bulleted lists are for when the order is unimportant
Items that can be used for a bulleted list are for when the order does not matter. The example I like to use is that of grocery items, here is an example:
Lettered lists are primarily for unordered lists were referring to a specific item may be important.
Numbered lists are for lists where the order is important
Use numbered lists for when order is important. Here is an example:
Directions to Store
- Turn left at Walnut Ave
- Travel for 1 mile
- Turn right at College Street
- Travel for .3 miles
- Turn right into parking lot
Things to consider with Lists
- Avoid using nonrich content editor symbols like dashes or x’s to indicate a list
- Use the proper numbered or bulleted list for the items
Need to review other PowerPoint content? Check out this guide.
How to apply lists in PowerPoint
The first step in applying a list in PowerPoint is to select some text.
Then, select the list option from the paragraph ribbon.