Re: introducing steps

Subject: Re: introducing steps
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Becca" <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 07:07:36 -0700

Generally speaking, anytime anyone says "never" do something in a document I wouldn't give the adminishment much credibility. Almost every seemingly bad idea is the right thing to do somewhere.

In this particilar case, my response is that "follow these steps" is ALMOST always unnecessary and your teach is wrong MOST of the time.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message ----- From: "Becca" <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 5:47 PM
Subject: introducing steps

I'm taking a class in technical writing. My teacher says never to introduce a series of steps with an infinitive (To install Sigil) but to use an independent clause ("To install Sigil, follow these steps:" or words to that effect. To me, the clause "follow these steps" is imlied by the fact that steps follow. Still, it's the teacher, so I have to follow her style.

Is there a more graceful way to introduce steps? how do yo do it? I'm pretty much coming up dry.


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