introducing lists ...

Subject: introducing lists ...
From: Sean Brierley <sean -dot- brierley -at- gerberscientific -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:29:40 -0400

Question about using lists. Which would you prefer and why? Does a
requirement for translation make a difference? Assume each of the following
fragments is followed by a list that correctly uses parallel structure.

1) This package includes
2) This package includes:
3) This package includes the following:

I go with 2. I have made a stylistic decision that all introductions end
with a colon, be they a fragment or complete sentence. I know that's
contrary to some grammar positions. I also see "the following" as
superfluous, though I am not opposed to adding it if there's good reason;
is there?

Cheers,

Sean
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