Re: punctuating the end of bullet points

Subject: Re: punctuating the end of bullet points
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: T K <tvk_tw -at- yahoo -dot- ie>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 03 May 2006 17:03:49 -0400

T K wrote:

Hi Technical Writers,
I have a question in relation to punctuation at the end of bullet points.


I was going to:

• Tell you how to format bulleted lists
• Explain the different kinds of lists
• Expound on parallel construction

When you are evaluating a list for parallel construction, it is not
enough to check that a list consists of fragments. Those fragments
should be of similar grammatical construction. For example, they
might all be noun phrases, all be gerunds, or all be verb phrases

• Say something further about consistency BETWEEN lists, which really
should not be a requirement in any style guide

But I decided that an example would be more helpful.

Another approach to the multi-sentence quandary is to turn the sentences into clauses separated by semicolons and omit the terminal punctuation.


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