Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 3: All-Inclusive Edition

OASIS DITA Technical Committee

The step element represents an action that a user must follow to accomplish a task. Each step in a task must contain a command cmd element which describes the particular action the user must do to accomplish the overall task. Beginning with DITA 1.2, it is possible to place a note element before the command in order to notify the user of dangers or other important information about the step. The step element can also contain additional optional information about the step, such as sub-steps, a list of choices, or result information.

Content models

See appendix for information about this element in OASIS document type shells.


- topic/li task/step


<task id="sqlj">
<title>Creating an SQLJ file</title>
<context>Once you have set up SQLJ, you need to create a new SQLJ file.</context>
 <cmd>Select <menucascade><uicontrol>File</uicontrol><uicontrol>New</uicontrol></menucascade>.</cmd>
 <info>New files are created with default values based on a standard template.</info>


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group (with a narrowed definition of importance, given below) and outputclass.

Describes whether the current step or substep is optional or required. Output processors might highlight steps that are optional or required. Allowed values are "optional", "required", or -dita-use-conref-target.