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Item lists bulletting (was: Re: RFC: Better formatting for long descriptions)

Andreas Tille a écrit :

> I have not found any recommendation regarding this at the SRP Wiki page
> [1].
> I vaguely remember that this Smith project was initially driven by a French
> guy who might try to push a French habit into the English world. ;-)

Of course. Because, contrary to the world of English language, we *do*
have written rules for such cases. From the "Lexique des règles
typographiques en usage à l'Imprimerie Nationale" (which is the
reference for all typographic conventions for the French language....the
reference book of all French TeXnicians) :

Les énumérations

    - elles sont introduites par un deux-points ;
    - les énumérations de premier rang sont introduites par un tiret et
se terminent par un point-virgule, sauf la dernière par un point final ;
    - les énumérations de second rang sont introduites par un tiret
décalé et se terminent par une virgule.

Which (badly) translates to:

    - they're introduced by a colon;
    - first degree itemizations are preceeded by a dash and end with a
semi-colon, except the last one that ends up with a sentence dot;
    - second degree itemizations are preceeded by a tabbed dash and end
up with a comma.

I have never been able to find any such solid reference for English.
There is probably something in the Chicago Manual of Style, that's
generally accepted as the Right Reference for en_US.

Maybe more input from our experts on debian-l10n-english?

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