Re: Enumeration question

Subject: Re: Enumeration question
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 15:56:44 -0400

No specific research to back this up, but it's been a standard to have in-line numerals with text (regardless of indentation) that have a period after the number. If you are using graphic treatment on the numbers, a different font, etc., then there is enough of a visual boundary between the number and the text so the period is not needed. I don't think just an indent is enough to create the boundary unless it is expected by the reader. Anecdotally, when I look at the list without the periods I just think something is missing. I may not know what, but I get a feeling of it being incomplete. That could be a generational thing as well. Check with a few 20-year-olds. :-)

Downstyle and open punctuation styles tend to drop "unnecessary" punctuation, so if your institution is going modern (what a thought!) that might be the preference.

Dubin, David wrote:

Does anyone have any research or can point me to any research that would indicate if using a
period with the enumerative symbol is better (or worse) than not using a
1. Do this. 1 Do this.
2. Do this next. 2 Do this next.
3. Do this last 3 Do this last
Beth Agnew
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