We use bullet points in 2 different ways.
As a list within the text
Use bullet points to make text easier to read. Make sure that:
- you always use a lead-in line
- always use a space between the lead-in line and the bullet points
- the bullets make sense running on from the lead-in line
- each bullet is short (no more than 1 sentence)
- you use lower case at the start of the bullet, unless it starts with a proper noun
- you don’t use full stops within bullet points – where possible start another bullet point or use commas, dashes or semicolons to expand
- you don’t put “or”, “and” after the bullets
- there is no punctuation at the end of bullet points
- if you add links they appear within the text and not as the whole bullet
- there is no full stop after the last bullet point
Your list should have at least 3 bullet points. If you have fewer, rewrite your content as individual sentences or paragraphs.
For bullet points following a heading
There is no lead-in line and the bullet points follow on directly from a heading or subheading. Each bullet point:
- starts with a capital letter
- finishes with a full stop
- is short (no more than 1 sentence)
- There were 240,854 marriages in 2013, a decrease of 8.6% compared with 2012 and the first decline since 2009.
- Civil ceremonies accounted for 72% of all marriages in 2013.