Re: Perform vs. do

Subject: Re: Perform vs. do
From: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 01:05:39 -0700 (PDT)

Ok, I'm coming into this late, and I tried to look at these examples, but it requires that I register to do so.  Anyway, my question is, can't you get rid of the entire "Perform/Do" construct?  Why not just say...

To foo the bar:
1.  Baz the bongo
2. Bip the bingo

This puts the purpose of the procedure at the head of the steps, reduces syllables, and gets rid of the problem. 

I agree that "Do the following steps" sounds terrible.  It sounds like teenager speak.  I'm sure there's a level of analysis concerning mass nouns in the subject or object or some such that could explain why it's awkward, but I'm not the one to ferret it out!

> If you are a true glutton for punishment, you can download the Reference
> Manual and see the examples in context.
> The autozero example is on page 136.
> The User's Manual is the one that tends to use the ".... perform the
> following steps" format:

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