The <steps> element provides the main content of a task topic. The task is described as a series of steps that the user must follow to accomplish the task. At least one <step> element is required inside the <steps> element.
Steps with only a single step may be rendered as a paragraph rather than as a list. Two or more steps should typically be rendered as an ordered list. If all of the contained steps are simple (that is, have no more than a <cmd> element each) then the step list should default to compact. Otherwise it should be rendered as expanded (with blank lines between each step).
Note: Beginning with DITA 1.2, the general task model allows multiple <steps> and <steps-unordered> elements. However, the default task model in the OASIS distribution (known as strict task) continues to allow only one <steps> or one <steps-unordered> element.
Note: These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
|ditabase, task, machineryTask, learningContent||( (stepsection) (optional) then (step) ) (one or more)|
|ditabase, task (strict), task (general), machineryTask, learningContent||taskbody|
- topic/ol task/steps
<task id="sqlj"> <title>Creating an SQLJ file</title> <taskbody> <context>Once you have set up SQLJ, you need to create a new SQLJ file.</context> <steps> <step> <cmd>In a text editor, create a new file.</cmd> </step> <step> <cmd>Enter the first query statement.</cmd> </step> </steps> </taskbody> </task>
|Name||Description||Data Type||Default Value||Required?|
|univ-atts attribute group (includes select-atts, id-atts, and localization-atts groups)||A set of related attributes, described in univ-atts attribute group|
|global-atts attribute group (xtrf, xtrc)||A set of related attributes, described in global-atts attribute group|
|class, outputclass||Common attributes described in Other common DITA attributes|