As a general rule, use automatic numbering when making lists. This will help to prevent mistakes arising from subsequent insertions or deletions.
Likewise, be sure to format all lists within a given text consistently in terms of bullet points, tabs, etc. For instance, do not use numbers for each item in your first list, letters for each item in your second list and dashes for each item in your third.
In addition to formatting, it is important to ensure grammatical continuity between the introduction to a list and each item in it. Thus, if the introductory sentence calls for a list of fragments beginning with gerunds, do not begin the first item in the list with a gerund only to render subsequent items as full sentences or start them with infinitives or conjugated verbs.
Finally, in order to prevent confusion and grammatical errors, do not continue your introductory sentence after the final item in a list. Instead, try to include any necessary additional information in the introduction itself or, where that is not possible, include it in a new sentence after the final item in the list.
Most lists fall into one of four categories: lists of short items (words or phrases with no verbs); lists of items each of which completes the introductory sentence; lists of complete statements that are not grammatical continuations of the introductory sentence; and lists in which at least one item includes more than one full sentence.
The UOC recommends the following guidelines in each case:
Introduce the list with a full sentence ending in a colon. Lowercase each item in the list and end it with a comma or no punctuation at all. End the final item with a full stop. Example:
Introduce the list with a full sentence ending in a colon. Lowercase each item in the list and end it with a semicolon. End the final item with a full stop. Example:
Introduce the list with a full sentence ending in a colon. Begin each item in the list with an initial cap and end it with a semicolon, except for the last item, which should end with a full stop. Example:
Introduce the list with a full sentence ending in a colon. Begin each item with an initial cap. End each item with a full stop.
- Go to the UOC repository home page and select RSS 2.0.
- An RSS channel page will be displayed in XML format. Select and copy the entire URL from the browser address bar.
- Sign up for Google Reader (google.com/reader/). If you have a Google or Gmail account, you can use your Google username and password.
- Click on the ADD A SUBSCRIPTION link at the top left of the screen.
- Paste in the URL of the copied RSS feed and click ADD.
The UOC does not require authors to use a single format for all tables. However, it does recommend the following guidelines to ensure a certain basic consistency within and across UOC-published texts.
First, format all tables throughout the text consistently in terms of font, style, alignment, etc.
Second, as a general rule table headings should be placed above, rather than below, the table. Remember, there is no need to include the word Table in the heading itself. Example:
Finally, when translating into English, make sure that all figures in the table are formatted according to English-language conventions (e.g. with regard to decimal points, commas or the positioning of currency symbols).
As with tables, the UOC does not require authors to use a single format for all figures in the texts it publishes. However, to ensure a certain degree of consistency, it does recommend the following guidelines.
First, take care to ensure that figures are formatted consistently throughout each text.
Second, in contrast to table headings, figure headings should be placed below, rather than above, the figure. As with tables, however, there is no need to include the word figure (or graph, chart, diagram, etc.) in the heading itself. Example:
Finally, once again, when translating into English, make sure that any numbers in the figure are formatted according to English-language conventions (e.g. with regard to decimal points, commas or the positioning of currency symbols).