Accessible Lists in InDesign

By Bevi Chagnon

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Part of Bevi Chagnon's Step-by-Step accessibility series.

This cheat sheet shows how to set up InDesign paragraph styles that export to accessible, correctly tagged PDFs.

Includes details for creating

  • Basic bulleted lists,
  • Basic numbered lists,
  • Lists with custom bullets,
  • Lists with custom numbers,
  • Sequential lists,
  • Multi-level lists,
  • Naked lists (without bullets or numbers),

Detailed screen captures show:

  • What to set in InDesign's style dialogue boxe for each type of list,
  • Example of each type of list, and
  • How each lists's tag tree should appear in the exported PDF.

Sample pages

Detail of page 6.

Detail of page 9.

About the author

Bevi knows her stuff. With 25+ years in accessible document design and 30+ year as a designer and art director, she is an Adobe Community Professional who contributes regularly on the public forums, answering accessibility questions for InDesign, Acrobat, and PDF forms.
Logo, Adobe community professional. ACP logo.Bevi Chagnon's online avatar.

She's also a delegate to the ISO committees (International Standards Organization) for PDF and PDF/UA standards, a member of the PDF Association, and a contributing member to several trade association committees for accessibility.
PDF UA 1 icon.  ISO logo, International standards committee. PDF association logo.  IAAP logo, International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

And she's an AIGA member.
AIGA logo, the professional association for design.

Half designer. Half geek. 100% teacher.

This cheat sheet was updated in 2021 for the latest versions of Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro DC.


  • Paragraph styles for different types of lists.
  • Tag trees for correctly tagged, accessible PDFs based on the latest accessibility standards for PDF/UA-1.

About the Class Extra

Title: Accessible Lists (InDesign + PDF): Bulleted, numbered, multi-level, and naked lists. Wait … naked?

Price: $ 9.95

ISSN: 978-1-7355107-2-9

Author: Bevi Chagnon

pp. 16

License: 1 license for each user is required.

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