We use bulleted lists to list items or points, and numbered lists for process overviews to show the rough order things should happen in.
We use 2 types of bulleted lists — single-sentence lists and multi-sentence lists.
We try to:
- keep our lists short (2 to 7 items)
- only use 1 level of nesting.
When we’re writing a single-sentence list, we:
- start with a stem sentence that all the points have in common
- start each point in lower case, and only use a full stop on the last point
- sometimes use 'and' or 'or' on the second-to-last point, if we need to be especially clear
- place a comma after the last word before the 'and' or 'or'
- check that each point makes a full sentence when read with the stem.
Multi-sentence lists are introduced by a complete sentence.
- Each point in the list is also a complete sentence.
- Each point can be 1 to 3 sentences long.
- Each point begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.
Numbered lists (process blocks)
We use numbered lists for process blocks.