Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Bullets: more advice

Schiess says:

You can add bullets to tabulated material, and you should. Follow these guidelines: if the tabulated text contains examples or suggestions, use bullets; if the tabulated text contains formal parts of a formal document (like the buyer’s options in a contract), use numbers. The general rule is this: if you will need to refer to the items later, give them numbers. Later reference to “3(a)(2)” will be easier than to “the second bullet under (3)(a).”

Wayne Schiess, Better Legal Writing: 15 Topics for Advanced Legal Writers 33 (W.S. Hein 2005).

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