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Sections usually consist of paragraphs of running prose. Between paragraphs—as between sections—there should be a single blank line, and the first line of each paragraph is not indented. The number of single-sentence paragraphs should be minimized because they can inhibit the flow of the text; by the same token, paragraphs that exceed a certain length become hard to read. Short paragraphs and single sentences generally do not warrant their own subheading; in such circumstances, it may be preferable to use bullet points.

Bullet points should be minimized in the body and lead of the article, if they are used at all; however, a bulleted list may be useful to break up what would otherwise be a large, grey mass of text, particularly if the topic requires significant effort on the part of readers. However, bulleted lists are typical in the reference and reading sections towards the end of the article. Bullet points are usually not separated by blank lines.

See also

Creating quality topic pages

Content guide worksheet