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For lists with short items, do not:

  • capitalize first words
  • use commas
  • include a final period

For lists with long items, where items are complete sentences:

  • Capitalize the first word of each item.
  • Place a period at the end of each bulleted item in the list.

For lists that complete a sentence using a series of related items:

  • do not capitalize;
  • use semicolons between the items;
  • put the word "and" at the end of the second-to-last item; and
  • put a period at the end of the final item.

In essence, maintain the punctuation that would occur if the bullet set up and body was presented as a complete sentence.

Numbered lists

Capitalize the first word in a numbered list, even if the item is not a complete sentence.

If numbered list items are short, it is not necessary to use a period.