I've been working in the software industry for quite some time and I have adapted to some of the jargon used by programmers pertaining to how the computer reads, understands, and executes code.
I am trying however to write documentation for the common person and I'm not sure if what I have in my head will be clear.
So I have a process where the system takes data from any of three sources, but there is a hierarchy so that something written in the first source is preferred over the second and third. Or, only if specific data is missing from the first source, then it is taken from the second or third.
How can I state this? I want to list them as 1,2,3 and say:
The following sources are listed in order of priority.
Is that clear? Or is there a better word or phrase?