I do a lot of technical writing where I feel that it is appropriate to clarify some technicality. I often produce nested clauses and sub-clauses but I am unsure about the proper use of the semicolon. I have been told that its proper use is to separate clauses and sub-clauses; for example, a sentence and a list of a, b, and c.
To give an example, what is correct use of the following:
"CORFILE contains the product of the analysis, run using the entire event set, run 161457."
"CORFILE contains the product of the analysis; run using the entire event set, run 161457."?
To strip away the jargon:
The sentence starts with a clause, followed by a sub-clause, clarification for the sub-clause.
I know I can circumvent the issue by just splitting the sentence. However, for this case, and many others, the extra grammatical logistics needed to do so distracts from the information I am trying to convey.
Are there any general rules for such uses of the semicolon that would make it clear which is correct? Are there any relevant rules in regards to colon and semicolon?