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My hat's off to Becca for questioning her teacher's pronouncement and sparking a good discussion. This bodes well for a successful career in technical communication.
On Oct 18, 2011, at 9:07 AM, "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> Generally speaking, anytime anyone says "never" do something in a document I wouldn't give the adminishment much credibility. Almost every seemingly bad idea is the right thing to do somewhere.
> In this particilar case, my response is that "follow these steps" is ALMOST always unnecessary and your teach is wrong MOST of the time.
> Gene Kim-Eng
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Becca" <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 5:47 PM
> Subject: introducing steps
> I'm taking a class in technical writing. My teacher says never to introduce a series of steps with an infinitive (To install Sigil) but to use an independent clause ("To install Sigil, follow these steps:" or words to that effect. To me, the clause "follow these steps" is imlied by the fact that steps follow. Still, it's the teacher, so I have to follow her style.
> Is there a more graceful way to introduce steps? how do yo do it? I'm pretty much coming up dry.
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