Question: What is the appropriate way to punctuate two lists of two items when each of the individual items can not be combined into a single list of four?
Specific Sentence that prompted this question:
One way or another, so long as each connection’s packets can be identified by unique Source and Destination, IP and Port, the response traffic can be un-translated to the appropriate initial host.
There are four attributes to identify the packet: Source IP, Source Port, Destination IP, Destination Port.
Listening them all out individually is a bit too wordy for the sentence, but I need to iterate that each packet must have a unique combination of all four attributes.
If I were speaking it, I would say: "... each connection's packets must be identified by a unique source and destination, IP and Port" (using the comma to indicate a pause).
Initially I had written out "... each connection's packets must be identified by a unique source/destination ip/port", but that looks very sloppy.
edit: updated question to make it more than a proof read request