ListsWe use lists to break up our text and make it easier to read.
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.