What constitutes a List?

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This might sound like a silly question. But while some lists are obviously lists, some are not quite so obvious.

Take a possibly familiar example, verses in the Bible. They are actually numbered paragraphs, but would you use ordered lists for those.

Another similar example. I am working on a book with 164 numbered verses, both in the original language and also in an English translation. However verses  1-9 are in “Chapter 1”, 10-24 in “Chapter 2” through 11 chapters in each language!.

With no real experience with a screen reader, would it make sense to use ordered lists for such sets of numbered paragraphs. I don’t think most would want to skip through such verses, like you would skip through a list.

But advice from experts would be really helpful.




Interesting question. I think you have to ask yourself why the original verses were numbered in the first place. If, like in the bible, the intent is to be able to access the text non-linearly, then it just makes sense. I see no downside to formatting the verses as a list but, in my opinion, it is all about making making the structure more comprehensible and not adding a lot “features” that actually accomplish the opposite.

I will be interested to see if anyone more familiar with screen readers chimes in.

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