A vertical list of items in a series is often easier to read than if the items were contained within a single sentence. List order can be random or sequential. List items can be single words, phrases, or complete sentences.
For all types of lists,
- Within the context set by the introductory statement, each list item should be able to be read independently.
- List items must be in a consistent grammatical form.
- The list must be preceded by an introductory statement or lead-in sentence.
- Lists generally must contain three or more items. A list must never be made up of one item.
- The first letter of the first word of each list item should be capitalized.
- List items do not end with any form of punctuation unless they are complete sentences.
Types of Lists
Bulleted Lists Use bullets to list items in random order. Use a hyphen or an en dash for any subordinate items.
Bullets introduce simple items in random order.
- first level
- second level
Numbered Lists Numbered lists suggest rank, quantity, or sequence. Numbers are followed by a period, not a parenthesis.
Every list should begin with an introductory statement. This statement can be a complete sentence or a clause.
Task 2 addresses two areas:
1. Developing prototype diagnostic devices that are suitable as process sensors in an industrial setting
2. Characterizing the particle distributions generated by friction during the relative motion between components that contact each other
If the introductory statement is a complete sentence, it is followed by a colon. Sentences ending with the following or as follows are considered complete sentences.
Future milestones on this project include the following:
- (September) The new Q-series calorimeters and the calibrated I-line radiometers will be delivered to SEMATECH for loan to GCA.
- (October) NIST will deliver to SEMATECH the final calibration reports and the procedures and techniques for use with the calorimeters and radiometers.
If the introductory statement acts as an introductory phrase that combines with each of the list items to form a complete sentence, it is followed by a comma.
To ensure accurate and repeatable processing,
- Control of the process must be quick and responsive.
- Sensors for monitoring...
If the statement ends with an expression such as for example or that is, it is followed by a comma.
The supplier defined six major objectives for tool improvement, that is,
1. Improved stigmator sweep control
2. Increased scan shift distance...
Do not use a colon or any other form of punctuation to introduce a list that is a complement or object of an element in the introductory statement.
Major deliverable items include
- Optical microscopy standards
- SEM standards...
The document explains the rationale used to select integration tools for the program and lists the recommended tools for
- Model-driven software development
- Software integration and testing
- Project administration
CIM architecture is designed to make systems
- Simpler and more cost effective to develop
- Easier to use and maintain
- Easier to change