RE: Value of giving up numbering in Word?

Subject: RE: Value of giving up numbering in Word?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:13:32 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Mantyla
> Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:09 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Value of giving up numbering in Word?
> I've been beating against a brick wall on numbering
> too. I've gotten some instructions and ideas from
> list members and they are too hard to do or take
> too much time to do with repetitive keystrokes,
> copying, F9s, etc. Some i haven't tried because
> I'm too burned out on the others that seemed easy
> but really took hours to figure out, try, and I'm
> still testing in Doc-To-Help, which I don't know
> how it will affect them going through it...

So the problem isn't Word, it's the program you're trying to import
into. Just because something works consistently in Word, doesn't mean
that some other program won't muck it up.

> What is the great value of numbering instructions
> anyway? Is there a realistic, evidence-based
> concern that the reader will lose his way, or is
> this just a convention that tech writers do
> without considering the alternative--not using
> numbered lists at all?...

That depends on your users. My users prefer to have numbers. I can't
imagine telling them, "You don't need numbers," when what I really mean
is, "I don't know how to give you numbers."

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