Lists may be continuous within text (inline lists) or set off as a series of separate paragraphs (offset lists).

Inline Lists 

Inline list items are numbered as (1), (2), (3), etc.

Offset Lists 

Offset lists may be numbered or bulleted.

Numbered Lists

See here for tagging of lists.

Numbered list items are prefixed by numbers or letters as follows:

  • First-level lists: 1., 2., 3., etc.
  • Second-level lists: a., b., c., etc.
  • Third-level lists: i., ii., iii., etc.
  • Fourth-level lists: A., B., C., etc.
  • Fifth-level lists: I., II., III., etc.

Exception: Where a list drawn from a statute, rule, regulation, or similar source closely paraphrases the original text or explains the original items in identical sequence, the numbering of the original text should be adopted (or retained).

Bulleted Lists

Second-level bulleted list items are prefixed by en dashes.

Punctuation Preceding Lists 

Be consistent with the punctuation used to introduce a list.

The following steps should be taken:
1. investigate the scene,
2. interview witnesses, and
3. write a report.
The officer in command on the scene should:
1. investigate the scene,
2. interview witnesses, and
3. write a report.

Punctuation of List Items 

The punctuation of offset list items within a publication should be consistent. In the formal style, list items conclude with punctuation (e.g., a comma, a semicolon, or a period). In the informal style, list items do not conclude with punctuation (e.g., no comma, no period), but a period terminates the whole list.

Example of informal list:

Students can be encouraged to
• interpret, choose, decide, and problem-solve
• extend their thinking to include different experiences that can be used to inform the response
• collaborate with other students and show respect for multiple solutions or responses
• create a product with real-world applicability.

Example of formal list:

An agreement is void if:
• one (or both) of the parties does not have legal capacity to enter into a contract;
• there is no exchange of valuable consideration;
• it is illegal under statute or regulation, or at common law;
• its terms are uncertain or ambiguous;
• it is based on a fundamental mistake;
• it is no more than agreement to agree; or
• it is for the sale of land but is not in writing.