Accessible Lists

What Is a List?

A web list can be an ordered or unordered set of numbers or bullet points.  Lists are used to emphasize text and summarize content.

Why Use Accessible Lists?

The web audience that uses assistive technologies can access lists if correctly marked up within content management systems or coded in HTML. Screen readers will identify lists as unordered or ordered and proceed to read the web content. Moreover, the web audience in general appreciates some bulleted or numbered points as opposed to all prose!

Best Practices For Lists

  • Plan and write web content to include lists.
  • Use concise and descriptive text for lists.
  • Use the list (ordered or unordered) functions of content management systems or code in HTML.
  • Use an unordered list if the order does not matter; use an ordered list if the order matters.
  • Use nested lists if appropriate.
  • Decide if you will use or omit punctuation at the end of each list item. Be consistent.

Examples Of Lists

Unordered List

The following are examples in which the order of the list is not important:

Ordered List

The following example shows how an ordered list emphasizes the web content and the ordered steps that need to occur:

  1. Review our disability documentation guidelines and submit appropriate documentation of disability to the SSD Office
  2. Complete SSD's online application
  3. Meet for an intake appointment with a member of SSD's professional staff
    -Note: no intake appointments will be scheduled the last two weeks of the quarter (i.e., reading week and finals week)
  4. Sign an accommodation agreement that details the accommodations that will be provided to you

Until you have completed all of these steps, you will not be registered with SSD, considered a student with a disability by the University, or entitled to accommodations or services.

Resources

Cascade Instructions on How to Add Links

How to add lists (ordered/unordered) using the WYSIWYG editor within Cascade