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This section lists the common typographical and symbol use conventions for AWS technical publications.
This section describes common typographical use conventions.
A call-out is a number in the body text to give you a visual reference. The reference point is for further discussion elsewhere.
You can use this resource regularly.
Code in text
Inline code samples (including XML) and commands are identified with a special font.
You can use the command
Blocks of sample code are set apart from the body and marked accordingly.
# ls -l /var/www/html/index.html -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 1872 Jun 21 09:33 /var/www/html/index.html # date Wed Jun 21 09:33:42 EDT 2006
Unusual or important words and phrases are marked with a special font.
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Internal cross references
References to a section in the same document are marked.
See Document Conventions.
Logical values, constants, and regular expressions, abstracta
A special font is used for expressions that are important to identify, but are not code.
If the value is
Product and feature names
Named AWS products and features are identified on first use.
Create an Amazon Machine Image (AMI).
In-text references to operations.
In-text references to parameters.
The operation accepts the parameter
In-text references to responses.
A container for one
Technical publication references
References to other AWS publications. If the reference is hyperlinked, it is also underscored.
For detailed conceptual information, see the Amazon Mechanical Turk Developer Guide.
User entered values
A special font marks text that the user types.
At the password prompt, type
User interface controls and labels
Denotes named items on the UI for easy identification.
On the File menu, click Properties.
When you see this style, you must change the value of the content when you copy the text of a sample to a command line.
See also the following symbol convention.
This section describes the common use of symbols.
Mutually exclusive parameters
(Parentheses | and | vertical | bars)
Within a code description, bar separators denote options from which one must be chosen.
% data = hdfread (start | stride | edge)
XML variable text
Within a code description, square brackets denote completely optional commands or parameters.
% sed [-n, -quiet]
Use square brackets in XML examples to differentiate them from tags.
Within a code sample, arrow brackets denote a variable that must be replaced with a valid value.
% ec2-register <your-s3-bucket>/image.manifest