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Applies to

  • Websites
  • Documents
  • Online courses


Whenever content on a web page or in a digital document can be described as a list of something, it should be created as a list, using the list features that are provided by the authoring tool. Most authoring tools provide one or more controls for adding unordered lists (with bullets) and ordered lists (with numbers).

When creating content, it is important to recognize when your content is a list of items. For example, university web pages often include lists of links, events, staff members, degree programs, and much more. When lists are explicitly created as lists, screen readers can inform their users that they have landed on a list and can provide additional information such as the number of items in the list, which is extremely helpful. It also facilitates navigation, as users can easily navigate between list items with a single keystroke.


WCAG 2.1 success criteria

The issues described on this page, and associated Techniques pages, map to the following success criteria in the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1: