RE: Colons versus periods in procedures containing illustrations

Subject: RE: Colons versus periods in procedures containing illustrations
From: Paul Hanson <twer_lists_all -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:58:05 +0000

I have always used a "1. Click Configure." structure. Whether there is a screen capture or not never has entered my reasoning for doing so as it's a sentence.

In my opinion, I would be hard-pressed to base the punctuation in the procedure upon whether a screen capture is included. There may be one "today" but that's not to say there always will be, for example, if you are single-sourcing for either print or online and have a requirement to not have screen captures in one of the outputs.

Paul Hanson
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Sent: Monday, November 26, 2018 3:35 PM
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Subject: Colons versus periods in procedures containing illustrations

It's a niggly thing, but I cannot find a style guide that addresses the
topic.

Say you have a step in a procedure, and the step contains a graphic
illustration after the text.

Do you end the text part of the step with a period or a colon, and why?

Should it be:

1. Click Configure:
[graphic here]

OR

1. Click Configure.
[graphic here]

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Lin Sims
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