I'm just seeing dots, working with colons. Is it correct to use a colon to introduce a list of items which begin with colons? Or is it quite superfluous?
Typically, I seem to employ this for lists of definitions, for example:
The database stores three types of data:
junk: data that no-one wants anymore.
useless: serves no purpose whatsoever.
irrelevant: haikus about birds.
I've found this resource to be pretty helpful when considering how I'm using colons, but as I'm writing a list like this I keep thinking there might be a better way, something clearer that doesn't overuse the punctuation.
All help appreciated!