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Lists: Bulleted vs. Numbered

Document Type: Standard


HHS must use bulleted lists to present items of equal status or value, and numbered lists if a particular order to the items is warranted.


Numbered lists imply rank, sequence, or order.  Bulleted lists generally present items in a random order.  Numbered lists are especially important when giving instructions.


  • Coney and Steehouder, 2000; Detweiler and Omanson, 1996; Lorch and Chen, 1986; Narveson, 2001; Spyridakis, 2000. 

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