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    Default Listing arrangement

    What is the best way to arrange listings?
    What I usually see is like this:

    "The following items were fabricated:
    - support;
    - block;
    - cabinet;
    - plate;"

    Quite often, the listing is a bit more complicated, like this:
    "During tests, the instrumentation system should measure the following parameters:
    - Air pressure upstream of the seal
    - Mockup inlet air pressure upstream of the orifice
    - Mockup air pressure downstream of the lower seal
    - Mockup lower seal outlet air pressure upstream of the orifice etc. etc."

    So, my question is:
    Should I start every Item in the listing with the lower case letter and finish it with a semicolon?
    Or should I capitalize every item and use no punctuation mark at the end of it?
    Or, maybe there are some other better options?

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    Default Re: Listing arrangement

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    What is the best way to arrange listings?
    What I usually see is like this:

    "The following items were fabricated:
    - support;
    - block;
    - cabinet;
    - plate;"

    Quite often, the listing is a bit more complicated, like this:
    "During tests, the instrumentation system should measure the following parameters:
    - Air pressure upstream of the seal
    - Mockup inlet air pressure upstream of the orifice
    - Mockup air pressure downstream of the lower seal
    - Mockup lower seal outlet air pressure upstream of the orifice etc. etc."

    So, my question is:
    Should I start every Item in the listing with the lower case letter and finish it with a semicolon?
    Or should I capitalize every item and use no punctuation mark at the end of it?
    Or, maybe there are some other better options?
    The first example would be something you would do when writing a sentence or a paragraph without the dash. It would look like this-"The following items were fabricated: support; block; cabinet; and plate.

    I have never seen it presented as you have here.

    The latter would be as follows,

    During tests, the instrumentation system should measure the following parameters:

    • air pressure upstream of the seal
    • mockup inlet air pressure upstream of the orifice
    • mockup air pressure downstream of the lower seal
    • mockup lower seal outlet air pressure upstream of the orifice etc.

    I have seen both lower case and upper case letters used in bullet points. Never use end punctuation in this case.

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    Default Re: Listing arrangement

    "I have never seen it presented as you have here."
    Yes, because it's from Russian translators' work, and the punctuation is usually saved from the Russian original.
    Anyway, the example below was taken from the ASME code, and it is sure not Russian. (ASME is American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

    For each ultrasonic examination, the following infor­mation shall be recorded:
    (a) procedure identification and revision;
    (b) ultrasonic instrument identification (including manufacturer's serial number);
    (c) search unit(s) identification (including manufactur­er's serial number, frequency, and size);
    (d) beam angle(s) used;
    (e) couplant used, brand name or type;
    (f) search unit cable(s) used, type and length;
    (g) special equipment when used (search units, wedges, shoes, automatic scanning equipment, recording equipment, etc.);
    Guys there in ASME use semicolons in the listing. Maybe the difference here is in the use of letters instead of dashes in the beginning of each line?
    Still, will it be proper to use dashes insted of bullets/letters? Or is it absolutely unacceptable?

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