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Creating Lists with Bullet Points in a Leanpub Book
Creating Lists with Bullet Points in a Leanpub Book

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Creating Lists with Bullet Points in a Leanpub Book

You can nest bulleted lists inside a numbered list!
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In this article we'll show you what we mean, the right way to do this, and a hack which some authors prefer.
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(Specifically, you can make each numbered list item nest a bulleted list inside it.)

The correct way to to do this is by indenting the bulleted items three spaces, like in the following example:

# *Questions to ask / what to look for*:

1. How do the team members work together?
* Are there specific roles? If so, how are they defined?
* Do they stick to them or blur the roles?

2. Does the team have a product owner -PO?
* If so, how do they contribute?
* Do they help the team understand the features/stories?
* Are they available to collaborate when the team needs it?
* If not, who helps get requirements and helps the team understand the desired behaviour?
* Does the PO serve more than one feature team?

3. Does the team have a facilitator, ScrumMaster, agile coach, or neither?
* If so, how do they contribute? Are they dedicated to that team?
* Does the team have a facilitator for meetings, someone to help them stay on track and make sure everyone can contribute, or do they do it themselves?
* Do working sessions and meetings accomplish what they are meant for?

4. Does the delivery team interact with other teams or third parties?
* Are interactions with other teams visible?
* How do they interact?
* Are there frequent blockers due to dependencies? If so, how do they deal with them?

That will produce the following output in the PDF:

This is the correct way to produce a numbered list which contains a bulleted list, both in Markua 0.10 and Markua 0.30.

If you want there to be a bit more spacing between the nested list and the list item which contains it, you can edit the "Vertical space above and below lists" setting in Settings > Theme > Custom. The amount of space can be customized for top level lists, as well as first-, second- and third-level nested lists.
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Now, if you don't want to do that and you just want more space, there's a bug in Markua 0.10 which you can exploit to format your nested lists differently. This only works in Markua 0.10, and it's not the right way to do things.

However, since Markua 0.10 is feature frozen, chances are this bug will function this way for many years to come.

So, you can write the following incorrect syntax:

# *Questions to ask / what to look for*:

1. How do the team members work together?
* Are there specific roles? If so, how are they defined?
* Do they stick to them or blur the roles?

2. Does the team have a product owner -PO?
* If so, how do they contribute?
* Do they help the team understand the features/stories?
* Are they available to collaborate when the team needs it?
* If not, who helps get requirements and helps the team understand the desired behaviour?
* Does the PO serve more than one feature team?

3. Does the team have a facilitator, ScrumMaster, agile coach, or neither?
* If so, how do they contribute? Are they dedicated to that team?
* Does the team have a facilitator for meetings, someone to help them stay on track and make sure everyone can contribute, or do they do it themselves?
* Do working sessions and meetings accomplish what they are meant for?

4. Does the delivery team interact with other teams or third parties?
* Are interactions with other teams visible?
* How do they interact?
* Are there frequent blockers due to dependencies? If so, how do they deal with them?


That will produce the following output in the PDF, which has more space between the top of the bulleted list and the numbered list item it is inside:

Again, this is a hack. We don't recommend writing your lists this way, and it will not work in Markua 0.30.

Acknowledgments: The example used in this article was kindly provided by Leanpub author Janet Gregory from the book Assessing Agile Quality Practices with QPAM: Enabling Teams to Improve. Thank you!


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