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1.2.1 Numbered and bulleted lists

Where the items in a list are a series of incomplete sentences, separate each item by a semicolon. Do not begin each item with a capital letter unless a capital is required as a matter of grammar, for example the item begins with a proper noun.

Where the items in a list are a series of complete sentences, each sentence should end with a full stop and begin with a capital letter.

Conclude all lists with a full stop.

Lists within articles may be labelled either by (a) (b) (c) … or (1) (2) (3) … , depending on what is most appropriate in the context and what causes least confusion with nearby headings. Bullet points may also be used.

Eg There are four major standards of patentability. The invention must be:

(1) novel;

(2) non-obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which the subject matter pertains;

(3) capable of producing a useful, concrete and tangible result; and

(4) of patentable subject matter.

Eg Proponents of the need for a right to a healthy environment cited the following data:

(a) More than 13 million deaths (23 per cent of all deaths) could be prevented each year by making our environment healthier.

(b) For children under 14, 36 per cent of all disease is caused by environmental factors such as unsafe water or air pollution. There are more than four million environmentally caused deaths of children each year.

(c) The economic benefit of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water would outweigh the investment costs by a ratio of eight to one.

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