Lists are an important structure for document organization. Keep lists as simple as possible. Avoid compound lists (lists within lists) which can be confusing, particularly for non-visual users. Consider breaking complicted lists into seperate sections with formatted headings.
Most document editors have a tools for formatting. Avoid typing a dash or a number into the line as this may not be formatted properly. When using lists, make sure the proper tool in the tools bar is selected.
Unordered or bulleted lists often are marked with a bullet point. The items on this type of list do not have a specific order or rank. Items do not rely on a particular order to understand meaning or context.
An example where order is not important:
Numbered or ordered lists are used for information that requires specific order or rank. In this case, the order is very important to the context.
An example where order is important:
Use the true column features in document editors to divide page content. Avoid using the tab key to separate content on one line. Using the column tool allows assistive technology to detect and communicate the page structure to the user.