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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.