RE: Alternative style for long, form-based procedures?

Subject: RE: Alternative style for long, form-based procedures?
From: "Michele Marques" <marquesm -at- autros -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 13:54:28 -0400

When I am sure that the audience understands the fields and selections, I
don't necessarily describe every field of the form. I will, however, list
which fields are mandatory.

For example (totally fictional):
Complete the Requisition form.

The following selections are mandatory and must be completed:
* Name
* Item
* Price
* Quantity
* Reason

Click OK when you have finished completing the form.

If I think that any of my audience might have a question about a field, then
I explain it's purpose. If I am describing any fields on the screen, I
usually describe them all. Usually I use a table, which makes it easy for
the reader to scan for any fields about which he has questions.

Michele Marques, Technical Communicator
AUTROS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
marquesm -at- autros -dot- com <mailto:marquesm -at- autros -dot- com>

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