Splunk® Style Guide

Splunk Style Guide

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When writing about numbers that appear in a Splunk product UI, duplicate them exactly as the UI displays. Otherwise, follow these guidelines.

Duration of time

Always use a numeral for numbers associated with duration of time. See the following examples:

  • Change the default from 6 seconds to 60 seconds.
  • Authentication expires after 2 hours.
  • The instance remains active for 3 months.

Don't abbreviate units of time, such as seconds, hours, and months, in the documentation. You can abbreviate units of time in a Splunk product UI to save space. See Time in the UI text style guidelines.

Time of day

Always use a number for numbers associated with time of day. See the following example:

  • Office hours are from 6 AM to 5 PM.

12-hour clock

Use 12-hour time. For full hours, don't include the minutes. Capitalize AM and PM without using punctuation, and precede the time period with a space. See the following examples:

6 AM
2:30 PM
13.00 hours
21 30 hours
Last modified on 24 May, 2023

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Style Guide: current

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