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June 13, 2011

Going Vertical

Vertical lists are used to organize, prioritize and emphasize information. Vertical list items should be consistent in both format and length. Use sequential numbers to identify order and bullets for items with equal value, but no chronological relevance. Punctuation will also vary. When items are complete sentences, begin each with a capital letter and end the sentence with a period.

Complete the following steps before starting your car engine:
  1. Lock the door.
  2. Buckle your seat belt.
  3. Adjust rear and sideview mirrors if needed.

When items are incomplete sentences, begin each with a lowercase letter, but do not include period at the end.

The benefits of daily exercise include:
  • restful sleep
  • stress reduction
  • weight management
When all list items must be present or included, insert a semicolon after each line, the word "and" at the end of the next to last line, and a period at the end of the last line.

The criminal did willfully take:
  1. property owned by another person;
  2. without permission or authorization; and
  3. with the intent to permanently deprive the owner.