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List Structure

How to create an accessible list structure using Word, InDesign, or Acrobat.

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Accessible List Structure

Some assistive technology allows users to navigate from list to list or item to item. These lists must follow the structure below to support comprehension.

Accessible list structure levels

- the List tag, must contain one or more Ll tags

            - List Item tag, must contain Lbl and LBody tags

                        - List item label. Contains item number or bullet character

                                    - List item body. Contains list item content


In Word, use the lists tool found on the Home ribbon.

Home tab ribbon in Microsoft Word with the bullet list, numbered list, and multilevel list icons highlighted


For InDesign, use the Bulleted List button or the Numbered List button in the Control panel (in Paragraph mode).

Adobe Acrobat

In Adobe Acrobat, use the TouchUp Reading Tool and the tags panel to remediate any issues.

LinkedIn Learning video on Tagging Lists (Acrobat DC)


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