The "How to Format/Tag" boxes that pop up on the right sidebar when on a question edit page use less-accessible "lists" with the "►" character. For example, there's this in "How To Tag":

► complete the sentence: my question is about...
► use tags that describe things or concepts that are essential, not incidental to your question
► favor using existing popular tags

The page's markup claims that this is just regular text, not a list, using <p> tags:

browser console showing the relevant markup to use "" tags

Thus, when a screen reader encounters this, it will just read off the name of the Unicode symbol, followed by the text, as if it was a regular paragraph. This is instead of treating it as a list, for example by announcing a "list of 6 items" and then each item's position as "3 of 6" or similar. It also breaks anything else that relies on list behavior. If a user has a keyboard shortcut to jump back to the start of the list they're currently reading, that won't function because the page's markup says there isn't a list.

Curiously, the "How to Edit" box doesn't have this problem. It's properly marked up with <li> elements inside a <ul>; the only annoyance to a screen reader user would be that the Unicode symbol is read off when looking at the list element.

Please use proper list formatting for the "How to Format/Tag" lists as well. If it's important to maintain the ► character for style reasons, then just follow the model of "How to Edit".

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    This list style is also used on the "Moderator Private Message" page: i.stack.imgur.com/FXb6F.png
    – smitop
    Sep 20, 2021 at 0:57
  • When the "How to Edit" guidance for suggested edits was updated in December 2021, this issue was incidentally fixed for the "How to Edit" and "How to Format" sidebars shown on the suggested edit page; both sidebars now use actual bullet points and the appropriate HTML for lists. However, I didn't notice at the time that the "How to Tag" guidance had the same problem – and, as @Smitop notes, the guidance on mod-message pages (/users/message/<messageID>) has the same problem.
    – V2Blast
    Feb 9, 2022 at 23:41

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This has been finished. The old ugly arrows are now gone on both the the tag formatting and mod private message info boxes.

plain old bullet points
now used more consistently
good riddance, dingus!

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    I realize I didn't point it out in the original post, but I just realized the guidance for editing tag wikis uses this format - mind fixing that too? :)
    – bobble
    Feb 24, 2022 at 18:17
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    No, @bobble. No you're taking it a bit too far. Feb 24, 2022 at 18:20
  • @YaakovEllis: What if I ask really nicely? :P
    – V2Blast
    May 11, 2022 at 21:37

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