Pronouns replace nouns. When you use pronouns in your writing, make sure that the pronoun correctly refers to the noun it replaces, known as its antecedent.
Write for inclusivity and don't make assumptions about sex or gender. When you write Splunk documentation, avoid gender-specific and sexist language.
Most of the topics in Splunk documentation use the second-person singular pronoun, "you" and "your", to address a single user directly. If you have to write in the third person or refer to someone in the third person, make sure that you choose gender-neutral third-person pronouns, such as "they", "their", and "them".
In Splunk documentation, it's acceptable to use a plural pronoun with a singular antecedent when you refer to people. Use third-person-plural pronouns when you refer to a person. Don't write "him or her" or "his or hers".
- The end user must add lines of code to their app to enable it in Splunk Enterprise.
In most cases, you can make the antecedent plural to keep agreement with the pronoun.
- End users must add lines of code to their app to enable it in Splunk Enterprise.
In many cases, and preferably, you can rewrite the sentence to be more direct.
- Correct and better
- You must add code to your app to enable it in Splunk Enterprise.
The following examples are not acceptable uses of pronouns in Splunk documentation:
- The end user must add lines of code to his or her app to enable it in Splunk Enterprise.
- The end user must add lines of code to her app to enable it in Splunk Enterprise.
- The end user must add lines of code to his app to enable it in Splunk Enterprise.
If you refer to an actual person in your writing, ask for their pronouns and use those. Don't assume or guess.
Use the second-person pronoun, "you", in Splunk documentation. Avoid first-person pronouns, such as "I", "our", "us", and "we", unless you are responding to customer feedback or are writing a tutorial.
"That", "which", and "who" are relative pronouns and don't all mean the same thing.
"That" introduces an essential clause. If you remove the words after "that", the sentence doesn't make sense.
- For HDFS working directory, provide the path in HDFS that you want Hunk to use as a working directory.
"Which" introduces a nonessential clause. If you remove the words after "which", the sentence still makes sense, although it is less detailed.
- Splunk Enterprise changes one of the default port settings in the server.conf file, which is one of the stanzas you copied but didn't edit.
When referring to a person, use "who" instead of "that".
Avoid ambiguous references between a pronoun and its antecedent. Vague pronouns include "this", "that", "which", and "it". To add clarity, replace the vague pronoun with a noun.
- Set the
enableReductionvalue to true.
- Set it to true.
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Style Guide: current