Formatting elements like lists, headings, and links, are read aloud to screen reader users, so the content is understood in context. 1


  • Unordered lists (bullets) should be used when there is no sequence of importance.
  • Ordered lists (numbers) suggest a progression or sequence.
  • Lists should not be used for decoration purposes such as indenting solely for layout purposes.

Example of an Unordered List

My favorite coffee flavors include:

  • Caramel
  • Mocha
  • Vanilla

Example of an Ordered List

My favorite colors are:

  1. Black
  2. Gold
  3. White


1"Lists"  Accessible Course Materials.  Tulsa Community College, 2014.  27 April 2015. <https://www.sites.google.com/site/accessiblecoursematerials/text/lists.

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