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> Are any of these preferred or standard, and if so, which one?
> If not, does anyone have any suggestions as to a good solution for this?
Like Tom Murrell said, just pick a style and agree collectively to stick to
For what it's worth, at my workplace we use option #1 and #2. If there are
more than "a few" fields, we say, "Fill the following fields:" and then we
use a table, listing the field and providing a description of what ought to
go in the field. This is one step in a stepwise process.
If there are only a few (or one) field(s), we'll say, "Type the client's
name Name in the field."
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