a question about writing instructions

Subject: a question about writing instructions
From: Becca Price <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 06:05:25 -0800 (PST)

I recently started in a new position where the house style is to
not write out instructions as steps, but rather in narrative
form. That is, rather than having step 1, step 2, etc, an
instruction might read (under a header like "Using the XYZ
Screen"): "To add an item to the data base, enter the specific
information and press Add. To locate an item already in the
database, enter any information you may have, and press Search.
If more than one item matches your criteria, you will see..."
You get the idea.

This is a made-up situation; no comments about the design of the
mythical page or database or use thereof, please! My question is
strictly about format.



becca -at- di -dot- org (primary address)
What is courage now?
Is it just to go until we're done?
Men may call us heros when they can say we've won
But if we should fail, how then?
What is courage now?
--"Fellowship Going South", by Leslie Fish

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