Re: follow the following

Subject: Re: follow the following
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Esthee Erasmus <Esthee -at- k2workflow -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 14:53:17 -0400

Esthee Erasmus wrote:


I'm writing a user manual at the moment and wonder whether there's a better way of saying:

To perform the desired action follow the following steps:

It just seems very clumsy. Our style is a bit formal, so saying 'do the following' or something like that would not be correct. I'm leaning towards 'perform the steps provided below:' but that seems a but cumbersome. Any ideas?

What's wrong with "follow these steps"?

I'd also try to get away from "to perform the desired action" in favor of naming the action, for example: "To post the transaction to the general ledger, follow these steps."

In fact, if you could go with just a little less formality, that could be shortened to:

"To post the transaction to the general ledger:

"1. ...

"2. ..."



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