Screen readers use lists as navigational aids. Content organized as a list should be created using the list controls that are provided in the program you are using to create your document.

In Microsoft Word, list options are on the Home ribbon.

Ordered and unordered list icons in the Paragraph pane

You can format your content into bulleted lists or numbered lists.


  • Word can usually predict when you are building a list. If Word automatically places the next item indicator (numbers, bullets, dashes), then the list is accessible.
  • Use lists in lieu of tables whenever possible.