Suggestions welcome for this brief online help sample

Subject: Suggestions welcome for this brief online help sample
From: Karen <ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 09:25:46 -0800 (PST)

Please forgive the widget example; however, I'm
working on help screens for unreleased software.

To add a widget

1. Click Define A New Widget.
2. Type the new widget name in the text box.
3. Click Enter.
4. A Color dialog box opens.
5. Click the color of your choice from the Basic
colors, Custom colors, or the Color matrix.
6. To save a color to the Custom colors, click Add to
Custom Colors.
7. Click OK.
8. The new widget is now displayed in the list box
preceded by the assigned color.
9. By default, the new widget is active.
10. To deactivate the widget, click on the name and
clear the Active check box.

First, the customer does want "Click OK" in there.
(They use non-standard interfaces where there are OK
and DONE buttons.)

Steps 4, 8, and 9 are not procedures that the user has
to perform. Should they be considered steps or
possibly notes?

Steps 6 and 10 are optional. Is this the approach you
would take?

I've been using the Microsoft Manual of Style for
Technical Publications as a guide. Unfortunately, the
section on procedures is very limited. Also, when I
review help screens in different Microsoft programs,
each program is distinctly different (and don't even
use the MSTP standards).

Any pearls of wisdom are welcome!

Thanks in advance,


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