Purpose I Background I Instructions


Ensure lists have been properly identified in Word.


Properly structured lists enable users with assistive technology to access and navigate lists. Occasionally, lists in .DOC and .DOCX files are not properly structured. This may occur, for example, if you insert a Paragraph within a list causing Word to start a new list after the paragraph (instead of simply integrating the inserted paragraph into a list item).

*List structures are not required in the 2001 Section 508 regulations themselves, but are an industry best practice.


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

  1. Select the list in the CommonLook Office panel. The corresponding page content will be selected.
  2. Verify that the selected list includes the correct number of list items.
  3. If the list items displayed in the task does not correctly reflect the list items on the slide, close CommonLook Office, edit the list and re-run the checkpoint.

Picture of list in CommonLook Office panel and corresponding list in Word.

Guidelines and Standards

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

DocumentPublishedScopeConformance Criteria
Section 508 (USA)2001“Web-based Information & Applications”Not required*
W3C WCAG 2.02008Web ContentSC 1.3.1
ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)2012PDF TechnologySection 7.6