RE: Repeating Steps Task

Subject: RE: Repeating Steps Task
From: Karen Field <kfield -at- STELLCOM -dot- com>
To: "'Mason, Catheryn'" <CMason -at- INFINITEC-COM -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 17:09:47 -0700

The question seems to be: conditional info first, or action info first? To
illustrate why I believe it's best to put the conditional info first, I'll
use an example from a friend who used to teach Drivers Ed (in the car). He
said, "I've learned to tell a new driver __when__ to do something before
telling them __what__ to do. For example, 'At the stop sign, turn left.'
Otherwise I find drivers will end up turning and parking on somebody's

Karen Field
Sr. Technical Writer
Stellcom, Inc.
kfield -at- stellcom -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Mason, Catheryn [mailto:CMason -at- INFINITEC-COM -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 1:26 PM
Subject: RE: Repeating Steps Task

A poster at Ace Hardware inquiries about documenting repeated steps
-- "some of us are stating "Repeat steps 2 and 3 to/until...", while
others are stating "In order to..., repeat steps 2 and 3". "

When I use repeated steps, I specify the condition to be met first, then
specify the steps to be repeated. For example, "If additional transport
facilities are required, repeat steps 2 and 3." In other words, I supply the
reason or outcome first, followed by the action.

My two cents -- others may differ.

Catheryn Mason, Technical Writer
Infinitec Communications
cmason -at- infinitec-com -dot- com
Winner, 1999 IABC Bronze Quill Award of Excellence for Technical Writing

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