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.

-or-

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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