Template:BullR

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This is the bullet+R template—meaning menomically 'bullet+RETURN'; which is something of a misnomer as the 'forced newline' or the 'RETURN' occurs first then the bullet is prefixed (space char omitted) to the following word or term.

  • It is extremely useful inside tables and images to set off bullet-points, but generally should not' be used on unenclosed text,
  • use instead the '*' or ':::*' for such bulleting needs.
  • unless that is, you want to maintain an indent level relative to the line left margin... then it is your solution!


Note: the 'old daze' 'typewriter's keyboard' RETURN key is usually now the modern keyboard's ' Enter' key, but at the ASCII coding level of a text file, the bytes still expresses a CR+LF code pair—'Carriage Return + Linefeed', or the C-language and many modern descendents' escape code '\n'' (newline).

This template is used when you want a larger bullet than a bold middot [·], but something smaller than a [–] or [—], and FURTHER, want to start a new row of data or bullet a point. For instance, in dotted lists that have a font-size 80% or less of normal font-size, since then a bold middot becomes too small... so we use {{bull}}, for those of us who don't know how to code such, and know further that searching for graphics dots is slow and painful. (Letters, on the other hand, are easy to find on ALL KEYBOARDS).

Tail of two bulls[edit]

  • Both the 'bulls' work similarly to the HTML markup sequence: [ • ], that is, {{bull}} expresses a
    non-breaking space, a bullet and a normal space ...


  • while BullR expresses a
    'carriage-return-to-indent-column' and 'linefeed' (newline) so changes line then shows the bullet indented to the prior indented column. This is akin to setting a return stop on typewriters when Returning would be stopped short of the left margin. (This kept thousands of secretaries employed laboriously setting up the bosses tabular documents! And that's 'No Bull!')
to illustrate, indenting the below
then using it and bull together on the same line:
When displayed {{bull}} looks like [ • ] on the same line, while THIS looks and acts on a term or link like this when also on the same line:
• term or link... unlike {{bull}}, BullR begins a newline but indented. Used together with a bit of planning the two make for some nice navigation template options. Used alone, BullR nicely sets off data best viewed in an uncluttered presentation.
  • And unlike  • , the bullet stays attached to the following text separated and linked by the opposite nesting order of HTML markup sequence: [ • term or link].
  • Since it expresses a normal space then the bullet and non-breaking space it makes a handy delimiter when table data gets confusing and you need to set off things in an orderly manner:


  • use after some text like this{{BullR

}} and just continue your composition. Wikimarkup parsing will search until finding the end of template so the newline equates to a tab or space (all class 'whitespace') and all are ignored.

Further information: Template:bull