what is the difference between a step and a status

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It's a technical thing.

I think of steps as a framework or skeleton to hang everything else on, including the status.  If we got rid of steps, then you'd have to have something else to hang the transitions on, and you'd lose the ability to rename or change status on existing steps, and the xml and execution of the code inside a workflow would become more complex - no big deal for the end users (admins and users), it can be done, but it would be a bit of fiddle.

The important things are

  • You don't need to worry about steps.  They're there, the diagram editor handles them without bothering you much, and as long as your workflow is clear to you, you can mostly ignore them
  • It's a good idea to name steps after the status you'd like them to have.  Not important, but friendly and clear.
  • Your users do not ever see steps.  They only see status.  Steps are for admins only.

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