Splunk® Style Guide

Splunk Style Guide

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Latest changes to the Splunk Style Guide

This table shows the history of updates to the Splunk Style Guide since its publication on December 2, 2019:

Date Chapter or topic Change
January 5, 2021 UI text style guidelines Added a "Numbers" section with guidance to use numerals in UI text.
December 3, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "multifactor authentication".
December 3, 2020 Links to Splunk materials Updated guidance about linking to subheadings. Now okay to link to an H2 or H3, and treat it the same way as linking to a topic.
November 30, 2020 Formatting reference Changed name of page to "Formatting reference". Added explicit guidance for all elements in documentation rather than generalizations. Added more examples and some sidebar comments.
November 30, 2020 Formatting text chapter Deleted the "Bold", "Italics", and "Monospaced font" topics from chapter.
November 30, 2020 Links to third-party websites Clarified the difference between essential and supplemental links. Added new guidance about linking to essential sites.
November 30, 2020 Usage dictionary Updated formatting in "File paths". Removed guidance that says not to use directional language in UI text.
November 30, 2020 Titles and headings chapter Clarified guidance around how to use heading and text together in "The order of headings" and "Headings and text together" sections.
November 13, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "SSH", "URI, URL", and "URN".
November 13, 2020 Measurements Added tebibyte (TiB).
November 12, 2020 Titles and headings chapter Deleted topics on writing tasks, prerequisites, supertasks, next step sections, and see also sections. Changed "Content structure" chapter name to "Titles and headings".
November 11, 2020 Formatting quick reference Added formatting guidance for URIs and URLs.
November 9, 2020 Usage dictionary Update definitions for "ad hoc", "drilldown", and "lookup". Added "app". Added examples to "command-line" and "real-time".
July 22, 2020 Usage dictionary Updated "master" and "install". Added "slave" and "deploy".
July 20, 2020 Usage dictionary Updated "blacklist" and "whitelist".
May 26, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "AM" and "PM".
May 22, 2020 Usage dictionary Clarified guidance for "*nix*, "Linux", and "UNIX".
May 22, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "blacklist" and "whitelist".
April 13, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "into". Also added a correct usage example to the Manual names, topic titles, and section headings topic.
April 13, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "reenable" and revised the entry for "reenter".
March 24, 2020 Usage dictionary Clarified "multivalue field". Updated "plugin" as a noun or adjective.
March 19, 2020 Example names and domains Updated IP address blocks to be ranges.
March 9, 2020 Numbers or numerals?


Added guidance around duration of time.
March 5, 2020 Write in indicative or imperative mood Updated title and guidance to emphasize writing in indicative and imperative mood and to avoid writing in subjunctive mood. Added new examples.
February 19, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "spin up, spin down".
February 18, 2020 Formatting quick reference


Clarified language and examples for square brackets around .conf file stanza names.
February 5, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "directory".
January 31, 2020 Usage dictionary Added "drilldown" as an adjective.
December 23, 2019 Usage dictionary Added "tarball".
December 12, 2019 Commas and decimals Added clarification to use standard American-style formatting for commas and decimal points in numbers.
Last modified on 05 January, 2021
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