Word processing software contains options for text styles that include headings. It’s important to utilize these styles instead of denoting titles by simply making text larger. Start with the lowest number heading and nest smaller styles sequentially. The styles can be edited to look different if they maintain the style designation. Similarly, lists should be formatted as ordered or unordered list using the tools available in the program instead of marked with only line breaks and hyphens
Heading and list styles are important for two reasons. They visually break up blocks of text, which promotes readability, but is especially helpful for users with cognitive differences. By using official styles instead of creating text that only looks like a title or a list, visually impaired learners who use screen readers can more easily skim and jump between sections.