Lists are a great way to present information so it stands out in a way that’s easy to scan.
Make items in a list parallel. For example, each item should be a noun or a phrase that starts with a verb. If items in a list are meant to complete a thought begun by a preceding introductory fragment, each item should also end with a period.
Use a bulleted list for things that have something in common but don’t need to appear in a particular order.
The database owner can:
- Create and delete a database.
- Add, delete, or modify a document.
- Add, delete, or modify any information in the database.
Note: In documentation, if a step in an ordered list of instructions includes a sublist of examples, options, etc., use bullets for those items, not numbering. Use numbering only to indicate sequence or progression. The inverse is also true; if an unordered list includes a sublist that is ordered, you can have a numbered sublist within a bulleted list.
Use a numbered list for sequential items (like a procedure) or prioritized items (like a top 10 list).
To sign on to a database:
- On the File menu, select Open database.
- In Username, type your name.
- In Password, type your password, and then select OK.
Make sure the purpose of the list is clear. Introduce the list with a heading, a complete sentence, or a fragment that ends with a colon.
If you introduce a list with a heading, don’t use explanatory text after the heading unless such text is necessary and not redundant. Also, don’t use a colon or period after a heading.
Begin each item in a list with a capital letter unless there’s a reason not to (for example, it’s a proper noun, command line item, UI element, etc., that’s always lowercase).
In bulleted and numbered lists, end each list item with a period if:
- Any item forms a complete sentence when combined with the list introduction that precedes the colon.
- Exception: Don’t use periods if all the items are UI labels, headings, subheadings, or strings.
- Any item by itself is a complete sentence.
- Don’t use semicolons, commas, or conjunctions (and, or, but) at the end of list items. List items will either end with a period or not.