RE: Step One. Done.

Subject: RE: Step One. Done.
From: "Robart, Kay" <Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- state -dot- tx -dot- us>
To: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:18:04 -0500

That's what I would do--remove the number from the one-step procedures
and leave the numbers in for the others.

You're right. Just as in an outline you can't have a level without at
least two steps, you can't have numbered procedures without at least two
steps.

Kay

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Subject: Step One. Done.

I'm editing a user guide written by a subcontractor who is (clearly) not
a technical writer. I am consistently finding "procedures" which consist
of only one step, such as:



1. Click Start>MenuOne>SubMenu to open the TargetApp window.



I was trained to never have a procedure consisting of only one step.
This sort of thing is a new experience for me. I'd really rather not
rewrite 50 or so procedures, but how weird would it look to leave all
these one-step procedures in place? Would it seem weird to un-number the
single-step procedures, and leave all the multi-step procedures as they
are (correctly numbered)?



I'd love to hear from anyone else who has encountered this situation.
Thanks.



Sarah

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