Step One. Done.

Subject: Step One. Done.
From: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:49:18 -0700

I'm editing a user guide written by a subcontractor who is (clearly) not
a technical writer. I am consistently finding "procedures" which consist
of only one step, such as:

1. Click Start>MenuOne>SubMenu to open the TargetApp window.

I was trained to never have a procedure consisting of only one step.
This sort of thing is a new experience for me. I'd really rather not
rewrite 50 or so procedures, but how weird would it look to leave all
these one-step procedures in place? Would it seem weird to un-number the
single-step procedures, and leave all the multi-step procedures as they
are (correctly numbered)?

I'd love to hear from anyone else who has encountered this situation.



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