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So, it's a one line paragraph usually flanked by longer paragraphs.
The usual dingbat that visually clues you a procedure follows is
missing. The step gets lost.
What's the happy medium here? Is a one step procedure "legal"? I don't
want to use a bullet.
In my experience as a writer and editor of training manulas and user's guides, I
have *never* seen steps in only paragraph form; they are *always* numbered. In
that case, a
stand-alone step without an introductory statement is perfectly acceptable. I
don't believe in fluffing up writing to satisfy conventions-- whatever makes it
clearest to the reader.