The command element

The command (cmd) element within the step element contains a single, active voice instruction to the reader.

A step in a task is made up of a command (cmd) element, which is mandatory, and a number of optional elements such as stepresult and stepxmp.

The cmd element describes the action that the reader must take in order to complete the step.

Use active voice and the imperative mood in writing the command, and use only one, complete sentence. If you need to expand on the details of the command, use a sibling information (info) element. Do not include the system response or the result of the user performing the action; that information should be described in a sibling step result (stepresult) element.