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Chapter 6. Concreteness > Use scenarios to illustrate tasks and to provide over...

Use scenarios to illustrate tasks and to provide overviews

A scenario depicts a series of events over time, usually around a fictitious but realistic set of circumstances. It shows one path through one or more products, a path that can be broad or narrow, high or low, vertical or horizontal. It can range from a high-level overview to a sequence of interface manipulations (sometimes accompanied by captured windows).

You use scenarios primarily either to teach (as in a tutorial) or to describe and motivate (as in marketing information). Unlike the lists of steps in a procedure, scenarios usually have a story that helps guide the actions. Consider the following introduction to a tutorial lesson:


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