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Lists Checkpoint (MS PowerPoint)

Background and Purpose

Properly structured lists enable users of assistive technology to assess and navigate lists. Occasionally, lists are not properly structured, for example, when a paragraph is inserted into the list, or if the “Enter” key is pressed to create spacing between list items.  The result is that content of a single list gets tagged and identified as multiple lists in the PDF.

The Purpose of this checkpoint is to ensure that lists have been properly constructed in PowePoint.


For each of the lists shown in the Current Checkpoint panel:

  1. Select the list in the CommonLook Office GlobalAccess panel. The corresponding list will be highlighted in the physical view of the PowerPoint slide.
  2. Verify that the selected list includes all of the necessary list items.
  3. If the list items displayed in the task panel do not correctly reflect the list items on the slide, edit the list and click the “Reload” button at the lower left corner of the CommonLook Office GlobalAccess panel.

Screen shot of the list checkpoint in CommonLook Office Global Access for PowerPoint.  The first list in the presentation is identified in the CommonLook panel, it is highlighted in the PowerPoint slide, and the Reload button is highlighted near the bottom of the panel.

Guidelines and Standards

This checkpoint is relevant to the following regulations, guidelines and standards:

DocumentPublishedScopeConformance Criteria
Section 508 – 2001 Regulations (USA)2001“Web-based Information & Applications”List structures are not required in the 2001 Section 508 regulations themselves, but are an industry best practice.
W3C WCAG 2.02008Web ContentSC 1.3.1
Health and Human Services – HHS (USA)2013PDF File 508 ChecklistID 5.1
ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)2012PDF TechnologySection 7.6