numbering a single step

Subject: numbering a single step
From: Kyle Kimberlin <Kyle -at- di -dot- com>
To: "'TechWr List Post Msg'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 10:50:16 -0700

I agree with those who suggest that it is not necessary to number a single step
procedure. If there is only one step to be taken, you are not describing a
process, you are just describing an action. You simply write a sentence, or
paragraph, telling the reader what to do.

Only a series of steps should be numbered.

For example:

In order to restart the machine, perform the following:

1. Press the reset button.
2. Toggle the circuit breaker to the ON position.


In order to restart the machine, press the RESTART button.
Kyle Kimberlin
Technical Writer
Digital Instruments, Veeco Metrology Group
Santa Barbara, CA. USA
kyle -at- di -dot- com

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