Documentation Conventions

This section provides all the documentation conventions that are followed in this guide. Table 1 defines notice icons used in this guide.

Table 1: Notice Icons




Image note.gif

Informational note

Indicates important features or instructions.

Image notecaution.gif


Indicates a situation that might result in loss of data or hardware damage.

Image notewarning.gif


Alerts you to the risk of personal injury or death.

Image notewarning-laser.gif

Laser warning

Alerts you to the risk of personal injury from a laser.

Table 2 defines text conventions used in this guide.

Table 2: Text Conventions




Bold typeface like this

  • Represents commands and keywords in text.
  • Represents keywords
  • Represents UI elements

  • Issue the clock source command.
  • Specify the keyword exp-msg.
  • Click User Objects

Bold typeface like this

Represents text that the user must type.

user input

fixed-width font

Represents information as displayed on the terminal screen.


show ip ospf
Routing Process OSPF 2 with Router ID
Router is an area Border Router (ABR)

Key names linked with a plus (+) sign

Indicates that you must press two or more keys simultaneously.

Ctrl + d


  • Emphasizes words
  • Identifies variables
  • The product supports two levels of access, user and privileged.
  • clusterID, ipAddress.

The angle bracket (>)

Indicates navigation paths through the UI by clicking menu options and links.

Object Manager > User Objects > Local Objects

Table 3 defines syntax conventions used in this guide.

Table 3: Syntax Conventions




Words in plain text

Represent keywords

terminal length

Words in italics

Represent variables

mask, accessListName

Words separated by the pipe ( | ) symbol

Represent a choice to select one keyword or variable to the left or right of this symbol. The keyword or variable can be optional or required.

diagnostic | line

Words enclosed in brackets ( [ ] )

Represent optional keywords or variables.

[ internal | external ]

Words enclosed in brackets followed by and asterisk ( [ ]*)

Represent optional keywords or variables that can be entered more than once.

[ level1 | level2 | 11 ]*

Words enclosed in braces ( { } )

Represent required keywords or variables.

{ permit | deny } { in | out } { clusterId | ipAddress }