Splunk® Style Guide

Splunk Style Guide

The guidelines in the Splunk Style Guide establish best practices for writing technical documentation. Search docs.splunk.com to find documentation related to Splunk products.

Splunk voice and tone

The way you speak and the way you write is likely very different. Traditional technical writing tends to be dry and formal, whereas conversational language is often verbose or colloquial. Splunk documentation finds a balance between the two: Splunk docs are casual and approachable, yet succinct and direct.

When you create written content, shape your docs around your reader's needs and expectations, and write to them as though they are a professional acquaintance. Aim to be confident, friendly, and comprehensive, and not insensitive, saccharine, or complicated.

Here are a few guidelines you can follow to achieve a balanced tone in your writing:


The following table shows examples of writing that are too formal, too casual, and just right:

Too formal Too casual Just right
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Last modified on 01 July, 2024
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