Bulleted list Format?

Subject: Bulleted list Format?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Kirk Turner <royj -at- alltel -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:35:28 -0500

Kirk Turner wondered: <<I see two different methods for formatting bullets. From the APA style, the bulleted list is placed flush left with the left-side margin of the introductory/stem paragraph/sentence. In other documents, I have seen the bulleted list indented from the left-side margin of the introductory/stem paragraph/sentence... Which of these methods is the accepted usage? I've seen both widely used.>>

The fact that both are widely used kinda suggests that both are widely accepted, no? <g>

There's little advantage to one style over the other: both work just fine. Setting the bullets flush against the margin is more space efficient, but if you're not tight on space, that's not a compelling reason. The purpose of bulleting is to introduce white space and visually distinguish the bulleted list from the surrounding paragraphs, but indenting the bullets is arguably unnecessary because the space between the vertical column of bullets and the tab-justified left margin of the type accomplishes that purpose just fine.

But neither is any justification for insisting on one style over another. Both are correct.

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