It is important to format a list as a list.

Formatting elements like lists, headings and links, are read aloud to screen reader users, so the content is understood in context.
  • Unordered lists (bullets) should be used when there is no order of sequence or importance.
  • Ordered lists (numbers) suggest a progression or sequence
  • Lists should not be used for decorative purposes such as indenting solely for layout purposes.

ice cream sundae with toppings and whipped cream
Example of an Unordered List

My favorite ice cream flavors include:
  • Vanilla
  • Salted caramel
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Butter Pecan

Example of an Ordered List

To make an ice cream sundae:

  1. Gather the desired ingredients
  2. Scoop the ice cream and place in the bowl
  3. Carefully spoon the toppings over the ice cream
  4. Top it all off with large dollop of whipped cream
Learn how to use lists in Word.

Learn how to use lists in Blackboard.

Image from: "Super Sundae Recipe Contest Photography Tips." Ice Cream Journal. Turkey Hill Dairy. 13 Oct 2010. Web. 11 Nov 20104. <>.

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