Word 2007 Section 508 Accessibility Checklist

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Requirements for 508 compliance

Programmatically identify bulleted, numbered, outline, and multi-level lists.


How to test

Have lists been programmatically identified?

To check whether lists are programmatically identified:

Note: The setting may be Numbered, Bulleted, or Outline


How to fix

To set selected lines and paragraphs as list items:

Note: Plain bullets and numbers are more accessible than pictographic/'fancy' bullets and numbers.

Note: Sub-list can be created programmatically: On the Home Tab, in the Paragraph Group, select Increase Indent.


A sub-list is made using the Increase Indent button

Note: Styles can be used to to set up and control bulleted and numbered lists. However, it is not possible to control Multilevel lists with Styles. Multilevel lists can only be controlled from the Home Tab, Paragraph Group).


Selecting the button per the instructions
Examples

Programmatically identify bulleted, numbered, outline, and multi-level lists.

Correct:

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A bulleted item of text is selected. At the same time the Reveal Formatting Pane shows a 'Bullets and Numbering' subsection detailing the bullet's attributes.

Incorrect:

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Items of text are made to look like bullets by use of tab characters, dashes and asterisks. This is incorrect formatting for the selected text. Consequently the Reveal Formatting Pane does not show a 'Bullets and Numbering' subsection.
Rationale

Programmatically identify bulleted, numbered, outline, and multi-level lists.

Lists that are programmatically formatted allow users of assistive technology to easily navigate through and out of list content.

Legal References

508 references:

1194.21(a); 1194.21(d); 1194.31(a); 1194.31(b).

WCAG references:

4.1.2; 3.2.4.

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