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Subject:Procedural Steps II From:Ron Rothbart <ron -dot- rothbart -at- DOCUMENTUM -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 1 Nov 1996 08:53:47 +0800
Margaret Packman writes:
>Now I have a question on how to number steps within longer procedures. For
>example, I have one procedure to document that's 47 steps long.
I had one with almost the same number of steps. It's a dialog box with 5
tabs containing lots of widgets and spreadsheet-like fields. The user has to
work through all 5 tabs to complete the task.
Personally, I find the military/engineering numbering system distasteful. It
just looks too technical. Our style is to use letters for sub-steps and
bullets for alternative options. Sub-steps work like this:
8. To specify dependencies, click the Routing tab and do the following:
a. Click in a cell in the such-and-such column, enter the indentification
number, and press the Enter key.
This procedure is also "puncutated" by a screenshot of each tab. So, the
40-odd step procedure becomes 13 steps, as represented below (* represents a
filled bullet; - represents an unfilled sub-bullet).