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> I'd like some feedback on formatting lists. When using bulleted lists,
> is there any standard for applying spacing between items? When I was
> doing work for IBM, I was told to use compact lists (i.e., no line
> spacing between items) if the items were one line long. If any of the
> items fit on more than one line, then put a line space between all
> items in the list.
> I have no idea what the rationale for this was, but that was the way we
> were told to format bulleted lists. I'm now preparing a style guide for
> my departmnet and need to establish some guidlines for list
> formatting. To keep things simple, I'm inclined to tell people not to
> use any line spacing between items in bulleted lists.
I share Keith's implied uneasiness about one rule for short items,
but another for long ones.
If the word-processor allows it, try setting up a 'style' that adds
an extra half-line spacing at the end of each paragraph and bullet
item (eg an extra 6 points on 12-pt type). That usually looks quite
pleasing for all purposes.
Ian White | IFW Technical Services, Abingdon, England
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