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Bullet (typography)

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Punctuation marks

apostrophe ( ' ) ( )
brackets ( ( ) ) ( [ ] ) ( { } ) ( Template:Unicode )
colon ( : )
comma ( , )
dashes ( Template:Unicode ) ( ) ( ) ( )
ellipsis ( ) ( ... )
exclamation mark ( ! )
full stop/period ( . )
hyphen ( - ) ( Template:Unicode )
interrobang ( Template:Unicode )
question mark ( ? )
quotation marks ( ‘ ’ ) ( “ ” )
semicolon ( ; )
slash/solidus ( / )
space (   ) and interpunct ( )

Other typographer's marks

ampersand ( & )
asterisk ( * ) and asterism ( Template:Unicode )
at ( @ )
backslash ( \ )
bullet ( , more )
dagger ( † ‡ )
degrees ( ° )
number sign ( # )
prime ( )
tilde ( ~ )
underscore ( _ )
vertical bar/pipe ( | )

In typography, a bullet is a typographical symbol or glyph used to introduce items in a list, like below:

  • This is the text of a list item. Notice the bullet to the left.
  • This is a different list item, and so there is another bullet.

    This line is part of the second list item; there is no bullet.

It is most conveniently used in technical writing or reference works to introduce a series of related items. They may be short phrases or of paragraph length. The main point is that all need to be tied together under a general heading. Bulleted items, commonly called "bullets", are usually terminated with a full stop, although it is also a common practice (for example, in Portugal) to terminate every item except the last one with a semicolon.

The bullet corresponds to Unicode character 0x2022. In HTML, the codes &bull; and &#x2022; give • and •, respectively, but semantics requires that bulleted items be achieved with the appropriate use of the <li> tag inside an unordered list (<ul>).

Unicode also defines a triangular bullet Template:Unicode (U+2023).fr:Puce (typographie)

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