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the use of list markup was recently changed to pipes with the rationale being that pipes are easier to read. well, it turns out you can change the appearance of horizontal lists everywhere, with a simple change to your own personal common.css file. I have posted more details at MediaWiki talk:Common.css, but in brief
and all the bullets will change to pipes. the problem with not using list markup is basic accessibility, since the list is not parse as a list by screen readers. we should change this back to horizontal lists unless there is a more compelling reason not to do so. Frietjes (talk) 15:55, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
The use of the pipe format definitely is not better for screen readers. Bullets are also the common format for these types of lists. Bgwhite (talk) 20:51, 11 August 2014 (UTC)