There are lots of ways to format list items in Microsoft Word incorrectly – this post will cover the right ways to do it!
The type of list that you choose is important! A bulleted list or unordered list is used for items that have no particular order. These could be things like items to get at a grocery store, for example:
Whereas, numbered list items should be used when the order is important. For example:
Get into your car
Turn it on
Drive to the store
If a list is not structured appropriately then there is a high chance that anyone using a screen reader will have difficulty engaging with the content.
Video overview of how to apply list items in Microsoft Word
This video will walk users through how to apply list items, edit list items, and change the way list items look.
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Text overview for how to apply a list item in Microsoft Word
Select the text that you want to make into a list.
On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, select the Number or Bullets list icon.
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.