Re: Punctuation lists- an exhaustive scenarios list

Subject: Re: Punctuation lists- an exhaustive scenarios list
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:02:15 +1100

Rob Hudson wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I'm teachig my students how to punctuate bulleted and numbered lists,
> and I'm looking for a style guide (or your recommendations) on how to
> handle the following scenarios:

Here's what our style guide has to say:

* When introducing a list, use a colon if the introduction
clearly anticipates the list, especially if the introduction
contains phrasing such as “the following” or “as follows.”

If the introduction is complete in itself, use a period.
For example, you could use either of these statements to
introduce the same list:

Send a mail message in any of the following three ways:
The system provides three convenient ways to send a mail

* Use punctuation at the end of each item in a list of
complete sentences.

* Use no punctuation at the end of each item in a list
of sentence fragments.

Avoid mixing complete sentences and sentence fragments
in the same list. If you must have a mixed list, add
periods at the end of every list item.

To make the list items parallel, a sentence in a mixed
list might be preceded by a fragment that describes or
introduces the sentence. The fragment ends with a period.
For example:

* Fragment.
* Fragment.
* Fragment. This item is a complete sentence.
* Fragment.

-- Janice

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