Use numbered lists, sometimes called ordered lists or task lists, when the order of the list items is important, such as in procedural information or for sequential steps a user must follow. If you add substeps, use an ordered list marked by lowercase letters.
Qualities of numbered lists
Numbered lists must have the following qualities:
- A complete lead-in sentence punctuated by a period or a colon
- More than one list item
- Up to two levels
- Parallel sentence construction
- One action for each list item
- End punctuation if the list items are complete sentences
- No end punctuation if the list items are characters, words, or phrases
For more guidance on using lists, see Best practices for writing with lists.
The following example of a numbered list contains a complete lead-in sentence. Each item in the list contains a single action and uses parallel construction. In step 3, the procedure has substeps marked by lowercase letters.
Search for sales of a specific product
Search for how many simulation style games were bought yesterday.
- In the time range picker, change the time range to Yesterday.
- Run the following search:
sourcetype=access_* status=200 action=purchase categoryId=simulation
- Find the number of purchases for each type of product.
categoryId=simulationfrom your search criteria and run the search again.
- Locate the unique categoryId values by selecting the categoryId field in the Selected Fields list.
- Select a categoryId name. The categoryId is added to your search and the search is automatically run again. The results show the number of purchases for that product.
- For the number of purchases made each day of the previous week, run the search again for each time range.
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Style Guide: current
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