Re: Bulleted lists

Subject: Re: Bulleted lists
From: Chuck Martin <cmartin -at- SEEKERSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 11:30:19 -0700

>>You wrote:
>>>The answer to your question is "no."
>>>However, in your example, you would not use a colon.
>>_I_ would use a colon. I also at times follow each bulleted item with a
>>semi-colon, and the last with a period. Thus, the list is in essence a
>>complete grammatical sentence.
>>Any reason not to?
>>Petah Tiqwa, Israel
As with many things, the answer seems to be: it depends. Both Chicago and
Carolyn Rude's "Technical Editing" leave open the option of punctuation.
However, Lyn Dupre's "Bugs in Writing" is more specific--=and less flexible:

- Use no end punctuation in displayed list entries of less-than-full
- Use periods in displayed list entries of one or more sentences.
- Do not mix full sentences and less-than-full sentences in displayed lists.
"You don't look American"
"Everyone looks American, because Americans are from everywhere"
- Doonesbury
Chuck Martin
Technical Writer, Seeker Software, Inc | Personal
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