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A list is text that might be short phrases, single words, sentences or paragraphs grouped together as a category. Lists often are numbered with numbers or letters. Lists might have symbols instead of numbers or letters, called bullets. Occasionally lists have nothing in front of each list item. Try to properly tag lists as lists. It may help with accessibility.

Tagging lists is more complicated than tagging headings and paragraphs. If you are lucky, when the document was initially tagged, or when you tagged it, the lists were already created. If not, it is going to take a little work because there is no one-click solution for creating lists.

If a block of text should have been tagged as a list, but was not, follow these directions:

Tag each list item as a paragraph if they are not already tagged as such

Highlight paragraph and click "text"

Highlight paragraph and click "text"

In the tag view, right click on the first item and choose New Tag > List. Click OK

Choose List from drop down menu

Choose List from drop down menu

Move the List tag above the first paragraph tag by left clicking on it and dragging it to where you want to place it. A dotted line with a small black triangle will show up where you’ve chosen to place the tag. Release the right mouse button.

Move List tag above paragraph tag

Move List tag above paragraph tag

Next, move each paragraph tag that you just tagged so that it is in order and under the List tag you just created and moved. Make sure they are incorporated into the List tag so what when you click the minus tag in front of the list tag it hides all of the paragraph tags you just made and becomes a plus sign.

Move paragraph tags under List tag

Move paragraph tags under List tag

Click - to contract and + to expand

Click - to contract and + to expand

Now rename each of the paragraph tags as a list item tag. You can either right click on each one choose Properties > List Item or rename them by highlighting them and naming them <LI>, much as you would rename a file on your computer.

Choose List Item from drop down list

Choose List Item from drop down list

Rename paragraph tag as List Item

Rename paragraph tag as List Item

If you want to be thorough, you can tag the symbol in front of each list item, if one exists, as a paragraph, then tag that as a list label (<LI_Label>) and then tag the actual list item as a list title (<LI_Title>). Place the list label and list title tags under a List item tag. Often when the program tags lists, it does it this way.

A more thorough list

A more thorough list

At this time, the only requirement is to tag the list as a list. The list label and list title are not required, but may be in the future.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Terri Youngblood permalink
    November 9, 2011 4:32 pm

    Excellent article – more please!

  2. kat permalink
    January 5, 2012 5:15 pm

    Thank you for collecting these tips! I’ve been doing this using and . Is one preferred over the other? I’ve looked, but have not found a definitive answer.

    Also, where do you put nested lists: Inside the , or below it, but within the ?

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