Although there are many rules for when to use a comma, these are the most common in Splunk documentation:
|To separate a list of three or more words or word groups. This type of comma is known as the serial, or Oxford, comma.||Generate reports, views, and dashboards.
I'd like to thank my parents, Mother Teresa, and the pope.
|To separate adjectives when they each modify the noun independently.||The feature groups the extracted fields into a single, ordered sequence.|
|To offset appositives from the rest of the sentence.||Use wiki markup when you don't have any elements, such as code or a table, following a step.|
|After a prepositional phrase.||After reviewing the document, I had a chance to compile a list of reading material.|
Don't use commas to separate two verb phrases that modify the same subject.
- I collected the various pieces of documentation and forwarded them to the appropriate parties.
- I collected the various pieces of documentation, and forwarded them to the appropriate parties.
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Style Guide: current
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