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.

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