Bulleted lists

Subject: Bulleted lists
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- MARVIN -dot- ENG -dot- SUN -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 12:36:12 -0700

Ron Rhodes writes:
> Ira Jacobson writes,
> <<<<<_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.
> I think, in general, that a bulleted list should be treated like it's a
> continuation of the sentence before. If not, each bulleted item should
> be a complete sentence.

I disagree here -- we've given up on trying to punctuate bulleted
lists like continuations of sentences. We don't think that readers
read them as such and find the punctuation more distracting than

We only put a period at the end of a list item if the item
is itself a full sentence. Otherwise, we initial cap each
item in the list and have no punctuation at the end of the

Let the flames begin!

-- Janice

P.S. OTOH, we do not permit the use of "they" for a singular :->

Janice Gelb | The only connection Sun has with this
janice -dot- gelb -at- eng -dot- sun -dot- com | message is the return address.

"The Web is the world's greatest library with all the books on the floor"
-- Patrick Casey, AP (Oklahoma)


TECHWR-L (Technical Communication) List Information: To send a message
to 2500+ readers, e-mail to TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- Send commands
Search the archives at http://www.documentation.com/ or search and
browse the archives at http://listserv.okstate.edu/archives/techwr-l.html

Previous by Author: Bomb Scares
Next by Author: Two Courses on Product Usability
Previous by Thread: Re: Bulleted lists
Next by Thread: Re: Bulleted lists

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads