If you’ve ever had *that* discussion with a colleague about how to use punctuation in bullet points or numbered lists – and I know you have, because you asked me to post about it – then you’ll know it’s a controversial topic.
That’s why it’s spelled out in most of the major style guides. This post details the punctuation rules for the style guides I’ve written for various companies, based on AP Style (used by journalists), Macquarie style, Oxford style, and a few others.
Why care about whether your bullet points and numbered lists have punctuation, “and/or”s, and the like?
Because all of this affects readability, and y’all know, we live in the Golden Age of Skimreading. Readability is king.Continue reading