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[1.92] Lists
A list is a vertical arrangement of non-sequential and usually independent items (such as lists of types, properties, benefits, issues, or options) or sequential steps in a process. The items can be single words or phrases or sentences.
Depending on how you want to present material, you can choose one of several styles of lists: bulleted, numbered, labelled, unnumbered column, or a term list. A list can incorporate a nested comment, one nested list, or an untitled table.
Where the information can be organised into columns and rows, use a table with column and row headings. For more information, see Tables.
1.92 Horizontal and vertical series
Do not format as a list or table unless the information is important to the reader. If the information is less important—for example, items are provided only as examples—consider formatting as a horizontal series (even if the series contains many items).
However, if the items are phrases that are intrinsic to the meaning of the sentence (removing any one item changes the meaning of the sentence), consider formatting as a vertical series. This format is used to accentuate items in a series or to remove potential ambiguities.
Vertical lists and vertical series follow different rules of punctuation and capitalization. The format and punctuation of vertical lists are described in List styles, Punctuating lists, Numbered lists, and Labelled lists. Whereas a vertical series retains the capitalization and punctuation of the original sentence. The phrases in a vertical series can be bulleted or labelled (for ease-of-reference).
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Conjunctions can be underlined at the writer’s discretion to assist the reader’s interpretation of each clause.
1.93 List styles
Introduce a list with a sentence or fragment ending with a colon. If possible, use the active voice (see Voice). Make entries in a list parallel.
The benefits are:
Note the parallel structure of each item: parameter is changed by value, and the consistent use of verb voice, tense, and person. For more information, see Parallelism.
1.94 Nested lists
In general, avoid nested lists. If possible, use a subheading instead with an introductory paragraph or phrase to introduce and group each sublist.
1.95 Punctuating lists
In general, begin each entry in a bulleted or numbered list with a capital letter. However, do not capitalize words that are case sensitive nor term lists (see Term lists and glossaries).
End all items with a period when any one of the items in the list forms a complete sentence or is a phrase of three or more words containing a verb. When the list contains long phrases without verbs, use your judgement. Otherwise, leave open (including the final item).
The database includes:
The following actions can be performed:
1.96 Bulleted lists
Use a bulleted list for an unordered series of concepts, items, or options rather than a sequence of events or steps. Capitalize the first word of each bulleted entry.
MRL recommends the following actions:
Note that each item ends with a period (see Punctuating lists).
When listing items, use a bulleted list unless the list items are sequential. If items need to be referred to in the following text, then use a labelled list (see Labelled lists).
There are three options available:
1.97 Numbered lists
Use a numbered list for procedures or other sequential lists. Introduce a procedure with an infinitive phrase or imperative, and avoid explanatory text after the introductory phrase. Capitalize the first word of each entry.
Do not use numbered lists for non-sequential items—use a bulleted or labelled list instead.
To log on to a database:
On the File menu, click Open Database.
In the User Name box, type your name.
In the Password box, type your password.
1.98 Labelled lists
For ease of reference, the items in a bulleted (non-sequential) list can be labelled with an alphabetical character (a, b, c, and so on) or lower-case roman numerals (i, ii, iii, and so on). A labelled list is otherwise treated the same as a bulleted list.
1.99 Unnumbered lists
Use an unnumbered list to group similar items—for example, a list of keywords. Use a single column for six or fewer items and balanced multiple columns for seven or more. You need not capitalize entries. If the list is alphabetical, alphabetize down the columns, not across rows, if possible.
For online files, long multi-column lists can be difficult to read. In this case, you can alphabetize from left to right (for shorter lists) or sort in labelled alphabetical sections. Alphabetical sections make navigating in long lists of items such as functions easier.
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1.100 Term lists and glossaries
Use term lists for a series of terms, parameters, or similar items that are followed by a brief explanation. In general:
When listing an acronym in a glossary, reference the main entry in that glossary—for example, if the entry in the Term column is “LOA”, the entry in the Description column is “See list of abbreviations.” with the term in italic. The corresponding main entry appears as “list of abbreviations (LOA)” (the term is uncapitalized) in the Term column and a suitable description (sentence-style) in the Description column.
Only capitalize the term if it is a proper noun—this will help the reader identify when a term should or should not be capitalized in their own text.
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