Making Lists Accessible in PDFs
Use the Right Type of Lists
Use Nested Lists and Proper Markup
- Use indentation or spacing to visually distinguish nested levels.
- Provide clear and concise labels for each level of nesting.
- Use proper HTML or semantic markup to indicate the nesting hierarchy.
- Test the PDF with assistive technologies to ensure accurate interpretation of nested lists.
- Using the same list type (unordered, ordered, or description) consistently throughout the document.
- Maintaining consistent indentation, spacing, and alignment within and between lists.
- Ensuring the list items’ font size, color contrast, and formatting are consistent with the overall document design.
Enhance Clarity and Compatibility
- Simplify and avoid complex or decorative list styles that hinder accessibility for users with visual impairments.
- Avoid complex list styles with intricate designs or excessive visual embellishments that pose significant barriers for individuals relying on assistive technologies.
- Opt for simple and distinguishable list styles that provide clear visual cues and facilitate easy differentiation between list items.
- Enhance readability and comprehension for individuals with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities with simple list styles.
- Ensure compatibility with assistive technologies by using list styles that adhere to recognized standards and best practices.
- Leverage assistive technologies that rely on correctly interpreting HTML tags and structural elements to navigate and present content effectively.
- Choose accessible list styles for accurate identification and articulation of list hierarchy for efficient content navigation by users.
Test PDFs with a PDF Accessibility Checker
Comprehensive Analysis: The tool thoroughly scans your PDFs, examining elements such as headings, lists, alt-text for images, tables, and more. It provides a detailed report highlighting any accessibility violations or areas that need improvement.