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Chapter 6. Writing Tasks, Procedures, and Steps > Developing Task Information

Developing Task Information

A task is work that needs to be done for a particular purpose. If a task does not correspond to a sequence of steps that are performed in real time, it can still be presented as task oriented. An application programming interface (API) task is one example of a task that is presented in a way other than as a procedure.

Task orientation is useful for all technologies. Task orientation is as important for a developer’s guide as it is for a user’s guide or an administrator’s guide. When identifying tasks, do not become distracted by the interface. The interface, be it a graphical user interface (GUI), application programming interface, or command-line interface, is how to accomplish the task. The interface is not what needs to be done to accomplish the task.


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