RE: Nested bullets - how many levels deep do you go?

Subject: RE: Nested bullets - how many levels deep do you go?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:25:49 -0700

Downing, David wrote:

> We routinely use second-level nested bullets in our documentation, but
> our policy is to never take it beyond a second level. However, there
> have been times when I saw a need to go to a third level. (I just ran
> into one.) I've been told that when that happens, I need to figure out
> some way of leveling out the hierarchy so I can keep the list to two
> nesting levels. (I think one of my editors once suggested that if I
> the need to go to a third level or beyond, I was overthinking.) So I
> wondering what other folk here do. Do you ever go beyond a second
> or do you avoid any nesting at all?

At the request of some of my templates' users, I've included a
third-level bullet (but only two numbered list levels). I myself only
use two levels. When I feel the need to use a third level, I rethink the

Usually, I turn the first-level bullet items into the body text beneath
new Head3s or Head4s.

Sometimes I just go for a walk. ;-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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