Re: Introducing bulleted lists

Subject: Re: Introducing bulleted lists
From: "Williams, Diane (contractor)" <Williams_Diane -at- DOTE -dot- OSD -dot- MIL>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 15:18:08 -0400

All of the style manuals I've consulted say to use a colon to precede
either a run-in list or a bulleted only after an independent clause.

Bring the following to camp:
- canteen
- alarm clock
- sleeping bag

(The above items are not followed by any punctuation.)

You should always bring these items to camp: a canteen, an alarm clock,
and a sleeping bag.

If the items in your list complete the introductory clause, then you can
either

- leave the end of the introductory phrase blank.
- use an em dash at the end of the introduction preceding the list.

~~Diane

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