Lists Improperly Defined

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Current Iteration as Reference

Short Description

Incorrect semantec markup leads to incorrect identification of lists by screen reader

Long Description

  • List defined to accommodate visual features vs. using precise definition which is referenced by screen readers.
  • Examples:
    • List defined for data and data labels rather than using data headers related to corresponding data.
    • List with blank lines counted as list items.

Example of Issue


  • List definitions must be precisely structured (List of x items) and adhere to precise structure for screen reader navigation (i.e., list item 1 of 7, 2 of 7, etc.)
  • For more information on how lists contribute to the overall structure of content, read the Basic Structure article on the Accessibility and Usability Site.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader

Impacted Type of Device