Bulleted and numbered lists are an important part of the general style in Radiopaedia.org and we have some general rules that should be followed.
Lists exist to highlight important content to the reader and therefore tend to be fragments of sentences (not complete sentences). When creating a list item, the first letter should not be capitalised and the point should not end with punctuation (a comma or full-stop/period).
The only time when a list item should have terminal punctuation is if the content is really a sentence (in which case you should probably consider taking it out of a list) or where there is a terminal colon indicating a sub-list.
An examples of a list:
- first item
- second item
- third item with a list:
- sub-list item one
- sub-list item two
Bulleted lists are the commonest use-case at Radiopaedia.org and a great way to highlight content to a reader.
Numeric lists should only be used when the order of the list is important to the reader, e.g. when describing the types of choledochal cysts.
Mixing numbers and bullets is perfectly fine providing the numeric list is used correctly:
- condition A
- condition B
- condition C
Lists with headings
In some circumstances, a list will contain headings. This is common in anatomy articles or, when listing staging or classifications. This is one of the few cases where bulleted lists can contain bold text, e.g.:
- arterial supply: example
- venous supply: example 2
The emboldened text will be followed by a colon which should also be bold.
Parentheses in lists
Parentheses are used sparingly in lists and usually surround percentages, e.g.:
- hyperdense (68%)
If parentheses are used outwith this setting, it is usually in error and the list item should be reworded to use a colon or other punctuation.
Dashes in lists
In most cases, a dash or hyphen shouldn't appear in a list. In most cases, it will be taking the place of a colon or other appropriate punctuation.
Help and Style Guide
style guide and help
- general overview
- when to use bold
- when to use italics
- using colons
- using dashes and hyphens
- using slashes
- apostrophe use and eponyms
- bulleted and numbered lists
- numbers, units and operators
- a vs. an
- accepted abbreviations
- UK vs. US English
- non-English articles
- have a play in our sandbox (test page)
- how to create an article (watch YouTube tutorial)
anatomy of an article
- standard article structure
- special types of articles
- articles on conditions that affect multiple systems
- contributing a case to illustrate an article
- see also
- adding images to an article
- merging duplicate articles
- synonyms (watch YouTube tutorial)
- why upload cases to Radiopaedia.org
- how to upload a case (watch YouTube tutorial)
- patient confidentiality
- case publishing guidelines
- anatomy of the perfect case
- quiz mode
- attributes and selection tools
- medical illustrations and diagrams
- editorial team
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