Splunk® Style Guide

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Best practices for including tables

A table is a good way to present descriptions of choices, options, and fields that a user might encounter in a task. You can also use tables for reference information, decision support, compatibility matrices, and choices a user has.

Keep tables as simple as possible, and make sure that screen readers can easily parse tables. For more information about making tables accessible in Splunk docs, see Write accessible documentation.

Here are some best practices for creating effective tables.


  • Introduce tables with a full sentence and a colon.
  • Always include a header row and include text in all header row cells.
  • Capitalize the first letter of every cell entry.
  • Use parallel sentence construction in cell entries that belong to the same column. For example, start all entries with verbs, or end all entries with punctuation.
    • If the cell contents are complete sentences, include end punctuation.
    • If the cell contents are characters, words, or phrases, don't include end punctuation.
  • Use code samples sparingly in tables.
  • You can use tables in a list of task steps.


  • Don't create a table with only 1 row.
  • Don't use X or another character to indicate compatibility or support. Instead, use Yes and No. See Spell out words and symbols for more information.
  • Avoid using lists inside table cells.
  • Avoid merging or splitting table cells.
  • Avoid leaving table cells empty. If you need to keep a cell blank, use a nonbreaking space to make a cell appear blank. The HTML character entity for a nonbreaking space is  .
  • Avoid including links in tables, unless the purpose of the table is to help users find information in the docs.
Last modified on 01 December, 2023
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