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Use a numbered list for items that must be in a specific order, such as when you're explaining instructions that need to be performed in sequence, or a timeline of events. Use a bulleted list for items that do not have to be in a specific order.

Always use sentence case for numbered lists – so, start each number with an initial capital letter followed by lower case. Each item in a numbered list should have a full stop at the end – it’s part of a unified paragraph that’s been broken down purely to make steps in a task easier to follow. It’s also partly to drive home the difference between bullets and numbered lists – consistency and using the right tools for the right job are vital to making it easy for users to use the pages on our site.

For example:

  1. First of all, make sure your numbered list begins with an upper-case letter.
  2. After that, check that there’s a full stop at the end.
  3. Finally, ensure you’re using normal punctuation rules for each number. This means using full stops, question marks, and en-dashes as appropriate. 

Numbers between one and nine should be written as words, numbers 10 and above as numerals. For example, ‘seven, eight, nine, 10, 11’. Never start a sentence with a numeral, for example, 23 June is…

When writing one thousand in numerals, a comma should be used, for example, ‘1,000’.

When writing percentages use ‘%’ rather than “per cent”.

Always use the Leeds 0113 code with telephone numbers. When using the international code, the format should be: +44 (0)113 812 0000. For UK only audiences, please use the following format: 0113 812 0000.