[Athen] Lists in Word with Roman Numerals

Joseph Sherman Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu
Fri Feb 17 10:28:17 PST 2017

Easy to do if you have control over the document. Folks in admin and legal don't like being told what to post online.


On Feb 17, 2017 12:58 PM, Dan Comden <danc at uw.edu> wrote:
Yes, what Susan said: the Roman-ness of the numerals is not important in a list. The structure they indicate is, and Arabic numbers or regular letters are easy to substitute.

On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Susan Kelmer <Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu<mailto:Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu>> wrote:

I’m going to chime in here. Other responders are correct, you can use roman numerals in the auto numbering in word, but a screen reader won’t read them properly.

Think about the context and what you are trying to provide. Is it REALLY that important that the numbers be in Roman numeral format? Or can you just use numbers and letters instead like a regular outline/list? I usually just change them to numbers. I know, it is changing the content somewhat, but it isn’t changing what information the content is trying to provide. My goal is to give the student a workable, even better than minimal, representation of the reading material. So, what should I be doing to make it that way? I use regular numbers instead.

Of course, YMMV, but that’s how we do it here.

Susan Kelmer

Alternate Format Production Program Manager

Disability Services

University of Colorado Boulder


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If I am understanding the question, yes you can create a custome list in Word to use Roman numerals. No, screen readers will not read them correctly, but you can have a numbered list that uses Roman numerals.

Robert Lee Beach

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Subject: [Athen] Lists in Word with Roman Numerals

Hi all. As far as I can tell, using the letters “I” and “VII” for Roman numeral in a Word list/outline are not read correctly in screen readers. It is possible to insert the actual Roman Numeral symbols into a Word document, however seem to be impossible to format a list/outline using Roman Numeral symbols. Is there a way around this?


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