Notation conventions

This document uses the following notation conventions:

Convention Meaning
Fixed-width Fixed-width font indicates code, path names, file names, environment variable names, parameter names, command names, machine names, URLs.
Bold Fixed-width Bold Fixed-width font is used to indicate user input or to emphasize certain lines of code.
Italic Fixed-width Italic Fixed-width font indicates a placeholder for which you must supply a value.
Bold Sans serif Bold sans serif typeface indicates the names of graphic user interface elements such as dialog boxes, buttons, and fields.
Italic serif In text, italic serif typeface indicates the first use of an important term. The term is defined in the glossary.
Underlined Underlined text in command lines and parameter descriptions indicate that you only have to enter the underlined part of the command or parameter name. For example, if you use the-LOGFILE parameter in a command, you only need to enter -LOGF.
[ ] Brackets enclose optional arguments.
{ a | b | c } Braces enclose two or more items. You can specify only one of the enclosed items. Vertical bars represent OR separators. For example, you can specify a or b or c.
... Three consecutive periods indicate that you can repeat the immediately previous item. In code examples, they can be horizontal or vertical to indicate omissions.
Menu > Choice  An angle bracket between two menu items indicates that you should choose an item from a menu. For example, the notation File > > Exit means: "Open the File menu and choose Exit."
>> Links to related information in other chapters or documents are indicated using the >> symbol.